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Participant Observation and Field Journal: When to Use and How to Analyze

  • Juliana Loureiro Almeida Campos
  • Taline Cristina da Silva
  • Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque
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Abstract

Studying the relationship between humans and nature requires a lot of fieldwork dedication from researchers. In order to understand phenomena related to human behaviors and their link to nature, ethnobiologists often use qualitative and descriptive methods and techniques, such as participant observations and field journals. In this chapter, we define these two methods and discuss the manners for collecting, analyzing, and presenting the information collected. Moreover, we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using these methods in ethnobiological research.

Key words

Ethnobiology Ethnography Qualitative research 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juliana Loureiro Almeida Campos
    • 1
  • Taline Cristina da Silva
    • 2
  • Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratório de Ecologia e Evolução de Sistemas Socioecológicos, Departamento de BotânicaUniversidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Universidade Estadual de AlagoasRecifeBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de Botânica, Centro de BiociênciasUniversidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil

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