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Le sexe et l’âge de l’ethnographe : éclairants pour l’enquêté, contraignants pour l’enquêteur

Abstract : People under observation need to be told about the investigation — at least in ethnography based on interviews and overt ethnography. What the researcher says about his/her project and about him — or herself, however, does not usually clarify the research relationship. Identifying characteristics such as the investigator’s sex and age are, in practice, the first step in recognizing the intention of an investigation. Subjects can then use such information in order to adjust their perceptions of what the investigator says about his/her job. This promotes a change in subjects’ discourse and practices in relation to the researcher. Analyzing the fieldwork relationship as a social relationship, influenced by gender, age and even possibly class, is an important way to avoid misunderstanding empirical material. It is also a good way to test the general interpretations of the research : these interpretations should be coherent with the interpretation of the investigative relationship.
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Pierre Fournier. Le sexe et l’âge de l’ethnographe : éclairants pour l’enquêté, contraignants pour l’enquêteur. ethnographiques.org, Association Ethnographiques.org, 2006, 11. ⟨halshs-03264986⟩

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