That’s not what I referring to, but to your statement that you have no hypothesis. That’s simply not possible. I guess those who want to know what this hypothesis is will have to buy the book.
I’m not testing a hypothesis a la a traditional scientific model. There’s basically no literature on PE forums or communities, so entering the research with hypotheses would be a curious decision.
The method I’m using requires me to have a clear mind, but not an empty head. Of course I have some sense of why men might do PE and how it might affect them, but I rely on the data I collect to paint the fullest and most accurate picture.
I used the method for my recent research on a fight club, published just last month: http://contexts.org/articles/summer…two-car-garage/
Some media coverage suggested the fighters were all tech workers and they fought because they felt emasculated as desk jockeys. My interviews included questions about both assumptions, but I discovered they were false. No hypotheses, just data-driven conclusions explained using social theory.
Also, note that even with a fairly small group (200 or so), their identities are masked. I can ensure the same confidentiality for anyone interested in speaking with me about PE and Thunder’s.
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Department of Anthropology & Sociology