Accession Number : ADA549640
Title : Studying Hostile, Deceptive, and Dangerous Surroundings: Report of a Workshop on Social Research Methods for Non-Permissive Environments (Etudier des Milieux Hostiles, Trompeurs et Dangereux - Rapport Concernant un Atelier sur les Methodes de Recherche Sociale an Milieu non Permissif)
Descriptive Note : Contract rept.
Corporate Author : ROYAL MILITARY COLL OF CANADA KINGSTON (ONTARIO)
Personal Author(s) : Last, David ; Axani, Jordan ; Jennings, Melissa
Report Date : Aug 2010
Pagination or Media Count : 55
Abstract : A one-day workshop was held at RMC to explore social research methods for hostile, difficult, deceptive and dangerous environments within which government pursues security objectives. Four panels addressed: qualitative anthropological methods within a theatre; financial analysis to assess the environment surrounding a theatre; police tools in domestic operations; and the use of polls and surveys in difficult environments. A final session permitted practitioners to comment on the material. Practitioners, academics, and government officials discussed these issues without being individually identified. Interviews, focus groups, combat ethnography, and insider-outsider research can help to map social microcosms within a theatre. Financial analysis tools can help to provide a more comprehensive context for these microcosms, and also track individuals and enterprises with security implications. Police tools are tailored to find usable evidence and domestic courts shape practice, limiting applicability of these tools to foreign operations. Polls and surveys should be tailored to the social context of their targets and validated. Often indirect questions are more effective. Practitioners confirmed the importance of multi-method approaches, and close cooperation between field and 'lab' to bring critical social science into practice.
Descriptors : *CROSS CULTURE(SOCIOLOGY) , ANTHROPOLOGY , CANADA , COOPERATION , CRIMES , DECEPTION , INTERVIEWING , NATIONAL SECURITY , SOCIAL SCIENCES
Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE