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

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

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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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Citation: Briggs, D. (2010), ‘Researching “dangerous” and “problematic” populations: some methodological reflections’, Safer Communities, 9(3), pp.49-59, DOI: 10.5042/sc.2010.0395.
Divisions: Schools > Law and Social Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Mr Stephen Grace
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2012 17:04
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2012 12:00
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1617

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