Ow do people find seats on the London Underground
This is a small-scale ethnography research paper. The topic I want to do is how do people find seats on the tubes in London. What should be observed are those slight movements in a person before he/ she occupies a seat that was previously occupied and when there are many people surrounding and waiting for the seat to be vacated. This could include body movements, hand signals, and eye contact with the other potential occupier etc. I would also like for small snippets of conversation and field notes (this is not included in the word count) to be included. There has to be relevant reference to different journal article/books etc. I would also like a reference list to be provided. The essay should be properly referenced within the text too (in-text referencing). I also want screen shots of the source/pages of the reference (i.e. book/journal) to be given to me.
Please focus on interaction, communication and collaboration between people.
More details are given below:
Please note that:
The coursework should be no longer than 1500 words (excluding excerpts from field notes, images and data extracts).
For this coursework you must undertake a small-scale ethnographic research project. The aims of this exercise are:
1. undertake an individual qualitative study using ethnographic techniques;
2. collect qualitative data and develop an analysis;
3. identify the implications of the qualitative research you have undertaken.
To successfully accomplish the coursework you must:
a? select a research setting;
a? undertake at least two separate periods of observational data collection (and where relevant, supplementary data from informal interviews);
a? make detailed field notes about the setting and the activities you observe;
a? identify two or three key themes or issues;
a? organise your observations or findings with respect to these themes or issues;
a? support the observations or findings with evidence from your field notes (and where
a? discuss the implications of your findings (for example for research or practice).
Note that the analysis should be based primarily on direct observation, but you are allowed to augment these observations with informal interviews and other materials where relevant.
The report should include three key sections:
o a brief, general description of the topic of interest and the research setting;
o the research process you have undertaken including how you gained access,
the observer role(s) you adopted and the reasons for selecting that role.
2. Analysis (This should form the greater part of the coursework and will be awarded most of the marks)
o focus on one or two key issues/activities and analyse them in depth;
o consider the details of how an activity is accomplished (e.g. how it is shaped
by local circumstances and the participation of others);
o consider why the activity is accomplished in this way;
o consider whether there are exceptions to the normal practice (and how these are managed);
o link your analysis to specific data extracts. (note: extracts from field notes and interviews are not included in the total word count);
o identify key themes for your observations to help to structure the analysis.
Reflect on the findings and/or the research process. For example:
o How do the findings relate to relevant academic studies of work and organisations?
o Do the findings have any implications for the activity or the organisation that you have studied?
o If you were to do the study again, how would you do it differently?
o Did you face any ethical dilemmas when making your observations and if so how did you overcome them?
o Do you have any suggestions for future research that arise out of this study?