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Everyday risks and professional dilemmas; Fieldwork with alcohol-based (sporting) subcultures


Palmer, C, Everyday risks and professional dilemmas; Fieldwork with alcohol-based (sporting) subcultures, Qualitative Research, 10, (4) pp. 1-20. ISSN 1468-7941 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/1468794110366800


This article discusses some of the everyday risks and professional dilemmas encountered when conducting participant-observation based research into the use and meaning of alcohol among fans of Australian Rules football. The key risks and dilemmas were those that emerged from female researchers entering into a predominantly male football subculture in which alcohol is routinely (and often excessively) consumed, the negotiation of key gatekeepers, the potential dangers of conducting research with participants who are inebriated and the duty of care to research participants. The article draws on an eighteen-month period of ethnographic fieldwork to highlight the risks and dilemmas negotiated and re-negotiated throughout the research process. The article argues that a failure to attend to these and other risks and dilemmas can threaten the viability of research among drinking-based communities and subcultures.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:alcohol, ethics, football, gender, risks, safety
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Anthropology
Research Field:Social and cultural anthropology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Sport, exercise and recreation
Objective Field:Recreation and leisure activities (excl. sport and exercise)
UTAS Author:Palmer, C (Professor Catherine Palmer)
ID Code:91193
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-05-09
Last Modified:2017-01-10

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