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Ethnography: separating your different selves in a covert filed study of so-called "Status Dog" owners

Ethnography: separating your different selves in a covert filed study of so-called "Status Dog" owners

Kaspersson, Maria (2018) Ethnography: separating your different selves in a covert filed study of so-called "Status Dog" owners. SAGE Research Methods Cases, 2. ISSN 9781526451736 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.4135/9781526451736)

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Abstract

By virtue of being the owner of registered Pit Bull I had a unique access to an otherwise hard-to-reach group of so called ‘status’ dog owners in South East London. A field journal of mostly covert observations of and participation in a group of ‘status’ dog owners was kept. A more overt approach could not be taken as the research constituted an area central to my own private life. The experience of being at the centre of my own research of these dog owners meant that I was both an insider and outsider at the same time and I had to find a way to separate my private self from my research self and this was done using a reflexive approach. The approach generated rich data, but it was also vulnerable on a practical and personal level as there were no escape route and it was emotionally challenging.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethnography, covert field work, status dog owners
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Law
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2018 16:16
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/19398

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