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Under ConstructionMaking Homeland Security at the Local Level$
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Kerry B. Fosher

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226257433

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226257457.001.0001

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// Muddling Through: Methods, Ethics, and Writing

// Muddling Through: Methods, Ethics, and Writing

(p.44) Chapter 3 // Muddling Through: Methods, Ethics, and Writing
Under Construction
University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses some of the methodological, ethical, and practical challenges encountered in this study of U.S. homeland security. It addresses several methodological and ethical concerns that affected writing, how the choice of participant observation affected writing, and the interplay among ethnographic writing and informant confidentiality. The chapter also describes the research site and community, and the practical realities of sampling and studying in such a community.

Keywords:   homeland security, ethical concerns, methodological concerns, participant observation, ethnographic writing, informant confidentiality, research site

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