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Title:Doing research on sensitive topics in political science: studying organised criminal groups in Cape Town
Author:Lambrechts, Derica
Periodical:Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies (ISSN 1470-1014)
Geographic term:South Africa
organized crime
political science
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02589346.2014.905257
Abstract:This article provides a review of the method and approach of a study done on a research topic in the field of political science, namely the impact of organised criminal groups on social control by the state. It is based on a study on organised criminal groups and local governance in the Cape Flats, Cape Town (South Africa). Research can be regarded as the production of knowledge and the research process is the roadmap or guide used in order to produce knowledge about a specific topic under consideration. As a result of the sensitive nature of the research subject, particular care was taken in designing the research process that guided the study. This article offers an explanation of the specific research design and research methodology selected in order to analyse the features of the relationship between local governance, societies and organised criminal groups. The following elements are discussed: the case study research design, the qualitative research methodology, the field research process and research techniques, research ethics and, finally, basic safety while doing fieldwork. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]