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Methodology

Nicholas S. Hopkins, Sohair R. Mehanna and Salah El-Haggar

in People and Pollution

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9789774245725
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970962 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774245725.003.0002
Methodology

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This chapter focuses on the research project that was carried out over a three-year period, from early 1995 to mid-1997. The approach used in this project was specifically guided by an anthropological frame of reference. Its first step was to identify reasonably bounded social units for research. Within these areas or localities, the researchers then conducted surveys, organized focus groups, interviewed key informants, followed local events, and measured air and water quality and noise levels. The methodological goal of this project was to situate the numerical results coming from a survey in the context of neighborhood social and cultural data coming from intensive contact with a single locality. The concern of this project was not with a collection of individual “perceptions,” but with the collective “construction.” Thus, this research was fit broadly within the constructivist paradigm, with a goal of elaborating a cultural model.

Keywords: research project; social units; surveys; local events; cultural model

Chapter.  5751 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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