Ethnographic Field Studies

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The purpose of Tracy's (2006) study was to learn about the role of humor in stressful jobs such as 911-call takers, correctional officers (CO's) and firefighters. She used ethnographic field study to understand how humor serves employee identity needs through differentiation, superiority, and role distance and relief. I think it was a good research method for Tracy to use ethnographic field study because she managed to have an exclusive look inside the lies of the participants and develop a relationship with them overtime during the process of the research. This will allow the participants to be more open and have a better trust relationship with the researcher. For instance, Tracy using ethnographic field study provided a vantage point to

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