Ethnography and Observation in Criminological Contexts
Wednesday 13 November 2013, 10 – 12am
Room TBC, University of Manchester
Speaker: Dr Bethan Loftus
Ethnography is concerned with the discovery and description of the inner-world of social groups. Observation is crucial to ethnography and entails extended involvement of the researcher ‘in the field’, that is, the researcher immerses themselves in the everyday lives of those being researched. This lecture examines the emergence of ethnography and considers the practicalities of conducting this type of research, including gaining access, maintaining research relations and overcoming moral dilemmas in the field, and methods for recording field data.