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Geoff Pearson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087219

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087219.001.0001

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Ethnography: Theory, Method and Practice

Ethnography: Theory, Method and Practice

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(p.13) 1 Ethnography: Theory, Method and Practice
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An ethnography of English football fans
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Geoff Pearson

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719087219.003.0002

This chapter provides an introduction to the discipline of ethnography and ethnographic modes of research, and an explanation of their appropriateness for the study of football crowds. It details how the author utilised overt and covert participant observation in his data collection. It also problematises ethnographic study in terms of practical and ethical draw-backs. In particular it focuses on the problems of witnessing/committing criminal offences in the field, the dangers of ‘going native’ and issues of harm and anonymity.

Keywords:   Ethnography, Participant Observation, Covert Research, Research, Ethics

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