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Research Methodologies for the Creative Arts & Humanities: Participant observation research

Participant Observation Research


“A method of research in anthropology which involves extended immersion in a culture and participation in its day-to-day activities  ... Originally associated with and promoted by Franz Boas and Bronislaw Malinowski. ...Difficulty of negotiating the relationship between participating and observing has been a subject of lengthy debate”.

See Calhoun, C. J. (2002). Dictionary of the social sciences. New York: Oxford University Press



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In particular ECU pays its respects to the Elders, past and present, of the Nyoongar people, and embrace their culture, wisdom and knowledge.