The reading is a short piece; the introduction and conclusion to a book using symbolic interaction/ethnography as qualitative paradigms and participant observation as a methodology. In so doing, the article touches upon issues from Chapters 10 (Qualitative Methods) and 3 (Ethics) in Babbie.
Begin your reading from the first full paragraph of the first page.
The author, Samuel Heilman (an emeritus QC Sociology professor), writes about the benefits and challenges of the methodology he used, since he used it to examine his own institution (in this case, a synagogue where he was a member). He also notes some ethical considerations that came into play.
What is your reaction to Heilman’s article? Would you use this approach in similar circumstances (your athletic team, church, club, etc.)? Why or why not?