Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read Chapter 9: Qualitative Methods, watch the Week 3 Assignment video,
and read the following resources on Dr. Loïc Wacquant’s research:
- “Habitus as Topic and Tool: Reflections on Becoming a Prizefighter”
- “A Fleshpeddler at Work: Power, Pain, and Profit in the Prizefighting Economy”
- “Whores, Slaves, and Stallions: Languages of Exploitation and Accommodation Among Professional Boxers”
- “UC’s ‘boxing sociologist’ / Combative French Professor Spent 3 Years in Ring (Links to an external site.)”
- A Professor Who Refuses To Pull His Punches (Links to an external site.)
- Boxing Proves a Hit for French Sociologist (Links to an external site.)
An important part of analyzing research approaches includes understanding the positive and negative aspects of varied forms of social research. Ethnography as an approach allows a researcher to immerse in a unique social world in order to experience the lives of those who live there. The most intriguing aspects of this type of qualitative research is how the researcher maintains an ethical and neutral stance, how the experience can impact them, and how they use the experience for positive social change.
In your paper, you will present the benefits of ethnographical research in terms of understanding a unique social world, as well as understanding the qualitative researcher’s role in performing and reporting on ethnographic research. You will do this through the resources provided, your own research of immersive ethnographical approaches, and also through critiquing Dr. Loïc Wacquant’s work.
In your paper, include the following sections/components:
Role of Researcher (One to two pages)
- Explain the researcher’s role in qualitative research in general and specifically in an ethnographic approach.
- Discuss the unique issues that researchers should be concerned about in qualitative research.
- Explain the challenges researchers face in ethnographical research.
- Discuss specific actions researchers can take to ensure they retain their ethical and neutral stance in performing qualitative research and reporting their qualitative research results.
Loïc Wacquant’s Research (One to two pages)
- Summarize what Loïc Wacquant’s research was about.
- Determine whether or not Wacquant maintained an ethical and neutral stance.
- Justify the research approach Wacquant chose to take.
- Explain whether or not this could have been possible with a quantitative research study.
Impact of Research (One page)
- Discuss how qualitative research and, in particular, ethnographic research, can inform our understanding of unique social worlds.
- Describe the potential impact of research in supporting positive social change through public policy.
The Value of Qualitative Research paper
- Must be five double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.)
- Must include a separate title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.).
- Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
- Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
- For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Ashford Writing Center resources.
- Must use at least two scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
- The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
- Must document any information used from sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)
- Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. See the Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Ashford Writing Center for specifications.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.
Explanation & Answer
Running head: SOCIAL PROBLEMS RESEARCH
Social Problems Research
The role of a researcher in qualitative research includes communication, collaboration,
education, honesty, and behaving ethically. The researcher needs to communicate with many
people. The researcher should explain to the research sponsors the importance of the research.
He should also explain various things such as the research purpose to participants and outline
any benefits. He should talk to the participants in a way that fulfills his objectives in the research.
The researcher should collaborate with other players to ensure the success of his research. He
should share the findings with the relevant people to make proper inferences. Collaboration also
ensures he gets the required information from participants and builds trust. Another role of the
researcher in education involves sharing important things he learns from a unique community
with his peers. This allows him to draw inferences from prior knowledge about the particular
community and the notes from his research. The researcher has the role of honesty to every
player involved in his research. He has to be clear on every aspect of the research to avoid
misleading anyone into committing to malicious projects. Finally, the researcher should display
some ethical behavior. This involves the way he carries himself out and also the activities while
in the research space. The activities should show high morals and this ensures his coexistence
with the members of a community and people’s trust.
In ethnography, the researcher plays the following roles. First, the researcher spends a
significant amount of time with the community he researches (Glasper and Rees, 2017). This
allows him to build trust with the members of the community and to appropriately cover his
objectives in research. The researcher should participate in the activities of the research
community. This participation enables the researcher to be at the same level as the members of
the community. It allows for the accu...