Participant observation assignment

Participant observation assignment

Detailed explanation for the Participant-Observation Assignment. 

1)Visit any public place or event, including, a gym, church, park, restaurant, store, mall, food court, market, cemetery, airport, bust stop, bar, cinema, etc., or a wedding, birthday party, religious service, sport activity, political gathering, funeral, government or commercial office, etc.

2)Participate, and observe the place, event and activities without interviewing any one (In order to interview people you need to have special permission from the university, which takes time to process).

3) Provide a detailed description of the material setting, i.e., the physical place, as if the reader does not know anything about it. Describe the nature of the location and where it is found, and what it is (i.e. a wedding, a dinner party, a restaurant, a bus stop, a church, etc.), what it looks like, and what the material conditions, appearance and physical arrangements of the place you chose are.

4) Describe the social setting, i.e. who the actors are, what type of activities take place and how, and what kind of social relations bring people to that particular setting, or anything else you may add in this respect.

5)Describe the meanings and ideational nature of the cultural activities you are observing in terms of both the emic and the etic perspectives, i.e. from the emic viewpoint describe what the actors, consciously or unconsciously, claim is the nature of their activities; and from the etic point of view describe what you, as the observer, believe is the nature and grounds for their activities. Since you are not allowed to interview people, you may use inferential claims based on your personal experience and cultural knowledge to describe the emic perspective.

1) Two page long (no longer than that)

2)Clearly typed / keyboarded

3)Properly proofread




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For my observation assignment, I visited the Macdonald restaurant located at 317 Broadway, New York. This restaurant is owned and operated by an independent franchisee and it is a perfect meeting point for the numerous students within the locality. Students like this particular restaurant due to its various services and the presence of a fee Wi-Fi hot stop that encourages them to continue with their social networking activities even amid conversations. I figured that it would be…


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