Quinebaug Valley
Community College
Danielson, CT 06239

Brian Donohue-Lynch
Anthropology/Sociology



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Participant Observation


Participant observation is a fundamental method of research used in cultural anthropology. It involves a researcher, or researchers, living within a given culture for an extended period of time, to take part in its daily life in all its richness and diversity. The anthropologist in such an approach tries to experience a culture "from within," as a person native to that culture might do.


Other Methods of Research in Cultural Anthropology:

Cross-cultural Comparison...

Survey research...

Interviews...

Archival research...

Media analysis...

Historical analysis...



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