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One problem the researcher had when operationalising the meaning of punk is that there was a varying meaning of punk. To the people who defined themselves as punk it was a political social movement, to others it was seen as fashion.

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Punk exam paper Tom McDonald A (6 marks) One problem the researcher had when operationalising the meaning of punk is that there was a varying meaning of punk. To the people who defined themselves as punk it was a political social movement, to others it was seen as fashion. Another problem is that it was hard to say whom the punks were because of how they act or dress. Some of the people who would say they were punk would not dress or act to the ideal, where others who were acting and dressing to the ideal would not identify themselves as punk. B (8 marks) One reason why some sociologists may prefer qualitative methods is that it gives a truer insight into what a respondent has to say. This therefore improves the validity of the research. A second reason is that it provides greater depth into social life. It allows the researcher to look at society in more detail and other than its counter part not just as figures in a table. C (10 marks) The research findings in item A tell us that once you label yourself as punk, you undertake three stages in a punk career. ...read more.

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I will distribute the questionnaires via the students union and could convince people to complete the questionnaires with the chance of winning a cash prize. Hopefully I would get a lot of students all wanting to win the prize. A good advantage of handing out questionnaires is that I can disperse to a big sample. It is also a fast way of getting data. I will get my sample to observe from the two main 'dance clubs' in my town, 'fusion' and 'K2'. As a nightclub is open to all I will expect to find a diverse range of people from all socio-economic backgrounds and ethnic backgrounds and a good mix of males and females. I will attend the clubs in my town on what I assume to be the busiest nights of the week, Friday and Saturday nights, this will give me a big sample. As I cannot be at the two clubs at the same time I will do 'fusion' one week and the 'K2 the next. I could do this for several months as to get more valid information. By doing participant observation I will be able to see what they wear and say, and how they act in their natural environment of the clubbing community. ...read more.

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This would also affect the representativeness of the research. With a low response rate it would be hard to get a good mix of people. The answers done by the students may be incomplete or false. This will affect the validity of my research as the students could be answering the questionnaire mainly for the prize and would not care about filling in a questionnaire properly. The problem with my sample is that in the nightclub I cannot be sure I will get a representative mix of people. I cannot choose who attends the club so there is no possibility of me changing that. I choose the D.J's from each of the club. The sample of D.J's is likely to be all male, as a woman D.J is uncommon, and I cannot produce a representative sample from just two clubs. To overcome this I would have to increase my sample of clubs. I cannot also be aware of how good of an ethnic mix my questionnaires would go to in the students union of a near by university. My sample size is unsure as I cannot be aware of how many returns I get or how many get given out. ...read more.

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