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Investigating neorurals and squatters' lifestyles : personal and epistemological insights on participant observation and on the logic of ethnographic investigation

Investigando estilos de vida de neorurales y okupas: intuiciones epistemológicas y personales sobre la observación participante y la lógica de la investigación etnográfica
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Cattaneo, Claudio

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Abstract In my PhD thesis in Environmental Science, I used fieldwork amongst 'neorural' communities in the Iberian Pyrenees, & direct participation amongst 'okupas' (squatters) in Barcelona, I reflect on the two methodologies (ethnographic investigation & participant observation) that I used, & I discuss their application with respect to the style & to the particular context of the investigation. The experience of living within the Barcelona squatting community predated the decision to do the rural fieldwork; so, I argue, the distinction between observer & observed is purely artificial. I discuss the epistemological implications.
Classification Research Design; Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods
Free Keywords Qualitative Methods; Researcher Subject Relations; Methodology (Data Collection); Fieldwork; Participant observation; Ethnographic investigation; Detached observation; Transdisciplinarity
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 16-40
Journal Athenea Digital: Revista de Pensamiento e Investigacion Social (2006) 10
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications