Monday, June 1, 2009

Readings for 6/2

Machin Ch. 5

1.) Machin states "the main criticism of ethnography is that it's all about interpretation of the individual ethnographer" however, with an interview, for example, could the ethnography take the transcript to other ethnographers and develop multiple observations, or would this become invalid because the other ethnographers were not present for the actual interview?

2.) Machin refers to trinangulation as "a way ethnography can look at things from different angles." How specifically is the best way to excute trinagulation as a strategy during research?


1.) Seiter states, "certain statements taken out of context may create different impressions than if taken in sequence." That being said, as an audience, is it neccessary to always review the full transcripts of an interview in a study to develop an observeration (as opposed to only reading the portions pulled by the ethnographer)?

2.) Seiter states, "doing interviews with people different from us does help raise consciousness." Is it better to target interviewees who fall into the opposite category of beliefs, social standings, etc. than you (the interviewer) to develop a better understanding of the topic at hand, or can interviewing people similar to us be just as effective?

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