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Module 1: Understanding the Challenges of Ethnography

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In the module you learnt:
Access
Gaining consent from participants.
Availability of participants time to engage.
Permission to access space and activities.
Challenges of Access
Social, cultural and economic differences.
Differences in beliefs, values and identities.
Mistrust of the researchers.
Perception of identities.
Familiarity helps in building rapport with the participant. This comes from spending time with the participants in common spaces and chatting informally on common topics.

Immersion
Means to be part of a community, absorbing their behaviours and being both the insider and the outsider.
Complete Membership
Peripheral Membership
Active Membership
Ethics in Engagement

Ethnography requires us to ask people to share about themselves. This causes the participant to be vulnerable
As researchers, we should also share about ourselves so that there is shared vulnerability.
Researchers need to consider the participants and their wishes while doing their studies.
Covert and Overt Research
Covert research is when participants are not aware of being part of a study.
Overt research is where the participants are aware of the study and its objectives.