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Analysis of John Howard Griffins Black Like Me John Howard Griffins research should undeniably be considered sociological He began with a theory if he became black he could help understand the difficulties between races as both a white man and a black man in the south and with this knowledge develop a means to bridge the gap With this information he developed a micro-theory trying to explain a limited part of human behavior why is there hate among blacks and whites He collected his data in a process of explanatory research He needed to test his theory in order to elaborate existing explanations He gathered all his data and went through all research methods in the hopes of explaining his theory He followed the research process developed a question took into account what would be needed to answer the question decided how to get this and conducted it as ethical as a black-white southerner could He used a meta-analysis in examining the information Griffin improved the description of the relationship while developing explanations for the cause of such activity and aimed to advance research in this area by gathering new knowledge Finally when he gathered all his information he released it to the mass media Although it takes the form of a journal it should still be considered sociological research The diary method is in fact beneficial Instead of conducting a cross sectional form of research in which information is gathered at one particular time Griffin using the diary conducted a longitudinal study With such a study change can be identified and a broader understanding will develop in the hopes of answering the research question Of coarse when such a research method as a diary is used questions arise as to its validity and reliability It can be assumed that the reliability of Griffins work is quite substantial He had an insider perspective due to his covert observation and participant observation His information
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