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Whyte studied inner city male street gangs. He “hung around” with them but they knew he was a researcher. (Strengths and weaknesses)
Parker studied youths who stole from cars (strengths and weaknesses)
Humphreys studied homosexual activity in public toilets. He pretended to be a “gay voyeur” but he did not join in. (Strengths and weaknesses)
with patrick's study of glasgow gangs, your most obvious strength is the fact that the research was done covertly, meaning that the research collected has higher validity because of his actual involvement with the group. However, the biggest weakness is the ethical factors, because he had to deceive the group 'getting in getting out' (hobbs) so you have the danger of psychological harm to the participants but the researcher himself could be in danger when they discovered that he was actually a researcher. You could also consider how he had to participate in gang activity whilst being part of the group so that he wouldn't get found out and he likely turned a blind eye to activities he would typically object to in his everyday life.