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UnleashedThe phenomena of status dogs and weapon dogs$
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Simon Harding

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300274

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300274.001.0001

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Methodological challenges of researching status dogs

Methodological challenges of researching status dogs

(p.9) One Methodological challenges of researching status dogs

Simon Harding

Policy Press

Chapter One sets out the methodology and the challenges of undertaking research into status dogs and weapon dogs. This includes establishing the primary and latent function of ownership and types of breeds favoured. Ethical issues involved in this research are itemised, not least researcher safety during interviews. Research methods include media discourse analysis, focus groups, public records analysis and internet analysis. Limitations of data quality are reviewed. Other methods include participant observation in London parks; qualitative interviews with practitioners and professionals as well as with owners and handlers of aggressive breeds; the creation of a coding framework for responses to analyse qualitative interviews with owners/handlers of large/ aggressive dog breeds.

Keywords:   Status dogs, Methodology, Research, Interviews, Discourse analysis, Data quality, Participant observation, Response

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