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Researching tribute bands: tools, counter-interpretations and extending research relations to Facebook in a tight network

ContributorsNikoghosyan, Nune
Published inQualitative Research, p. 1-16
Publication date2021
Abstract

This article discusses methodological, ethical, and epistemological issues that arise when research is conducted in a tight-knit network of respondents: in this case, artists in search of fame and recognition, while performing in a tribute band – a relatively downgraded form of music. The study was conducted in Switzerland and used qualitative methodology, consisting mainly of observations of concerts and semi-structured interviews with musicians, cultural intermediaries and audience members. With an aim to contribute to the reflexivity of sociology as a discipline and ideally provide methodological traces for future research in similar conditions, the article first presents the general methodology used in this study. Then, the discussion turns to the uses and difficulties of certain methodological elements such as Howard Becker's advice on ‘playing dumb' for obtaining more subtle information, dealing with ‘counter-interpretations' by study participants, or the extension of research relations to the online realm.

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Keywords
  • Research relations
  • Facebook
  • Field access
  • Interviews
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NIKOGHOSYAN, Nune. Researching tribute bands: tools, counter-interpretations and extending research relations to Facebook in a tight network. In: Qualitative Research, 2021, p. 1–16. doi: 10.1177/14687941211019534
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