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// Muddling Through: Methods, Ethics, and Writing

in Under Construction

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780226257433
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226257457 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226257457.003.0003
// Muddling Through: Methods, Ethics, and Writing

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This chapter discusses some of the methodological, ethical, and practical challenges encountered in this study of U.S. homeland security. It addresses several methodological and ethical concerns that affected writing, how the choice of participant observation affected writing, and the interplay among ethnographic writing and informant confidentiality. The chapter also describes the research site and community, and the practical realities of sampling and studying in such a community.

Keywords: homeland security; ethical concerns; methodological concerns; participant observation; ethnographic writing; informant confidentiality; research site

Chapter.  8451 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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