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Everyday risks and professional dilemmas : fieldwork with alcohol-based (sporting) subcultures

Palmer, Catherine and Thompson, Kirrilly 2010, Everyday risks and professional dilemmas : fieldwork with alcohol-based (sporting) subcultures, Qualitative research, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 421-440, doi: 10.1177/1468794110366800.

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Title Everyday risks and professional dilemmas : fieldwork with alcohol-based (sporting) subcultures
Author(s) Palmer, Catherine
Thompson, Kirrilly
Journal name Qualitative research
Volume number 10
Issue number 4
Start page 421
End page 440
Total pages 20
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010-08
ISSN 1468-7941
Keyword(s) alcohol
ethics
football
gender
risks
safety
Summary This article discusses some of the everyday risks and professional dilemmas encountered when conducting participant-observation based research into the use and meaning of alcohol among fans of Australian Rules football. The key risks and dilemmas were those that emerged from female researchers entering into a predominantly male football subculture in which alcohol is routinely (and often excessively) consumed, the negotiation of key gatekeepers, the potential dangers of conducting research with participants who are inebriated and the duty of care to research participants. The article draws on an eighteen-month period of ethnographic fieldwork to highlight the risks and dilemmas negotiated and re-negotiated throughout the research process. The article argues that a failure to attend to these and other risks and dilemmas can threaten the viability of research among drinking-based communities and subcultures.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1468794110366800
Field of Research 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
Socio Economic Objective 950102 Organised Sports
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Sage Publications Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30039913

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of History, Heritage and Society
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