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Research reality and hanging around.

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Sociology Coursework A - Title: Research reality and 'hanging around' Author: Stephen Moore Date of publication/completion: February 2001 Publisher or Source: Sociology Review B - This piece of research was created so that Stephen Moore could demonstrate the differences between the reality and the textbook procedures for doing sociological research. Moore was asked by local councils to help with crime reports so used this study in an attempt to prove how complex it can be, and to show how results can differ in reality. He aimed to research defiance and 'hanging around' in order to prove what the facts may be when creating research. Moore studied youth and residents within three villages in Cambridgeshire over a period of six months. Two different research methods were used; unstructured interviews and participant observation. A group of three female researchers joined in with the group of youths who lived in the rural areas. The overt participant observation was of three groups of youths aged between 13 and 17, although the researchers make it unclear how many people were in these groups. Moore also used tape-recorded interviews where he accessed youth clubs. ...read more.

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This research was also measured in an anti-positivist, qualitative way. Due to the differing methods that were used, the results appeared very different. The researcher could learn about behaviour in natural environments via participant observation and also obtain detail in interviews. Although both methods had completely different results they both used qualitative, anti-positivist research methods that may have given more 'natural' results. 282 Words D - Moore researched youths to demonstrate that doing a piece of research is more complex than the ideal. He found that many of the youths care about their public appearance and although they do not feel threatened by the police they have a sense of 'self-policing' (Appendix A). Although the youths limited their behaviour for the good of the householders (Appendix B) the householders felt intimidated by them. If the householders acted in a way considered by the youths to be unreasonable this led to the youth's unreasonable behaviour (Appendix C). Moore experienced the media's interpretation on the results, showing how researchers and journalists may distort results in order to clarify what has been learnt from the findings. ...read more.

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It's impossible to generalise from the research as it only applies to particular areas, therefore the results have little basis to form a conclusion. Moore aimed to illustrate the differences between the ideal and reality of creating research; he did this through studying deviance. His theory of results being distorted in order to conform is proved by the media's interpretation of the findings. Moore met the aims by proving that researchers often recast their research so it's accepted by journals. 500 words Needs to be 350-400 Appendix A - "The possibility that 'adult watchers' may talk to their parents or make other public complaints against them seemed enough to make the majority of those hanging around try to curb the more extreme behaviour..." (p.10) B - "Their concept of reasonable behaviour was based, first, on their own ideas and, second, on their perception of what the householders would think." (p.11) C - "...demands for control by householders made the young feel that they were being picked on, and this led to retaliation and harassment of individual householders." (p.11) D - "...researchers are tempted to 'recast' their research in order to conform, thus keeping alive the myth of scientific research." (p.11) ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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