"Scrub": Using Multi-Site Analysis to Analyze the Status System among Basketball Players

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Conducting ethnographic fieldwork in varied spaces, with different actors, enriches our understanding. A researcher may find paradoxes in practices and ideas and ask for clarification, or recognize that social dynamics and behavior are peculiar to group members present in a specific setting. This article highlights the usefulness of intentional variability and flexibility in the field. Researchers should plan to do multi-site analysis (MSA) to look for negative cases and opportunities to challenge commonsense notions. Additionally, this article emphasizes that the relationships built during fieldwork shape the data that are captured. Therefore, researchers need to consider the bases for their relationships, including what the subjects get out of them, and how subjects' positionality affects what comes to be known. This perspective de-emphasizes false norms of objectivity and renders a more complete account of the social worlds we study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-95
Number of pages10
JournalAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • basketball
  • ethnographic relationship
  • multi-site analysis
  • status
  • vouching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)


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