Researching “dangerous” and “problematic” populations: some methodological reflections

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Briggs, Daniel 2010. Researching “dangerous” and “problematic” populations: some methodological reflections. Safer Communities. 9 (3), pp. 49-59.
AuthorsBriggs, Daniel
Abstract

Ethnography has been an important research method which has given insight to ‘dangerous’ and ‘problematic’ populations. Yet, ethnographic methods with such populations are increasingly rare as the governance of social-science research takes on an ever more intensified ‘risk-assessment’ approach. Based on projects which made use of ethnographic methods undertaken from 2004 to 2008, this paper will try to offer some methodological reflections on working with ‘dangerous’ and ‘problematic’ populations such as mentally ill adults, those with ASBOs, crack cocaine users, and gangs. It will call for greater consideration to be given to the use of ethnographic methods with such populations to inform policy and practice.

KeywordsEthnography; Social policy; Ethics
JournalSafer Communities
Journal citation9 (3), pp. 49-59
ISSN1757-8043
Year2010
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1617
Publication dates
Print2010
Publication process dates
Deposited21 Jun 2012
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Briggs, D. (2010), ‘Researching “dangerous” and “problematic” populations: some methodological reflections’, Safer Communities, 9(3), pp.49-59, DOI: 10.5042/sc.2010.0395.

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