Participant Observation in Urban Arenas: Uncovering Hidden Rules in a Ugandan Marketplace

Monteith, William (2014) Participant Observation in Urban Arenas: Uncovering Hidden Rules in a Ugandan Marketplace. SAGE Research Methods Cases.

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Abstract

Drawing upon methodological insights acquired from 10 months of fieldwork in a market in Uganda, this case explores the merit of using participant observation in studies investigating social rules and norms. The reflections provided in this case are derived from a research project investigating the moral economy of an urban vendors market in Kampala. I open the case by providing a brief overview of my research, and the broader function of participant observation in research design. Following this, I provide examples of the benefits and challenges of participant observation, based on my fieldwork in Kampala. Finally, I conclude the case by providing a list of practical lessons for researchers thinking of using participant observation in their work, followed by a series of exercises and discussion questions.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2014 16:20
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2020 23:29
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/50364
DOI: 10.4135/978144627305014539112

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