I try to look at the phenomena from many different angles and it’s hard to put it in an existing framework that would describe it in non authoritarian language. What bugged me was the multiple use of words “research” and “researcher” in Offender-based Policing and Pulling Levers strategies that I blogged about some time ago. So I assumed there had to be some experimental and scientific methods involved in this crime control framework. Again at this moment it’s all but presumptions and information gathering that might fit the profile of gangstalking at hand. Since organized stalking is for most part social issue (if we look at how much of it observable to TI) we have to look at the practices and research methods that would we could correlate with that discipline. Now looking at quantitative research approaches and methods a lot of it could be applicable towards gangstalking phenomena:
Qualitative research aims to understand how people think about the world and how they act and behave in it. This approach requires researchers to understand phenomena based on discourse, actions and documents, and how and why individuals interpret and ascribe meaning to what they say and do, and to other aspects of the world (including other people) they encounter.
Some qualitative studies extend beyond individuals’ personal experiences to explore interactions and processes within organizations or other environments. Knowledge at both an individual and a cultural level is treated as socially constructed. This implies that all knowledge is, at least to some degree, interpretive, and hence, dependent on social context. It is also shaped by the personal perspective of the researcher as an observer and analyst. As a result, qualitative researchers devote a great deal of attention to demonstrating the trustworthiness of their findings using a range of methodological strategies.
The section below provides a summary description of the general approach, as well as methodological requirements and practices, of qualitative research, some of which may also apply to quantitative or other types of research involving humans.
Phenomenology, in Husserl’s conception, is primarily concerned with the systematic reflection on and study of the structures of consciousness and the phenomena that appear in acts of consciousness. This phenomenological ontology can be clearly differentiated from the Cartesian method of analysis which sees the world as objects, sets of objects, and objects acting and reacting upon one another.
We have to keep in mind that qualitative research is very encompassing (even peeping tom could say he is doing covert observational qualitative research into disrobing practices in bedrooms by females), but if we dissect organized stalking by it’s defining characteristics and assume some of that data itself is important, collected and assessed by scientific approach then we can predict that at least some of the aspects of it will be hidden in plain sight in criminology, psychology and sociology research. In this case qualitative research (field study, covert) would be more into community behavior itself rather than into TI. The research into TI would be something along the lines of “case study” eg perception of injustice. TI’s need to realize that community is also disrupted during process of abuse as they also have to shift focus from their daily lives to address this new concern. I don’t know what could be the possible purpose or measurable indicators of the research – maybe cohesiveness of community towards a threat, under guise of building community label or similar. So keywords to start looking for something would be covert field study by using qualitative research, ethnographic, phenomenology, phenomenological research and narrative research.
In some ‘covert’ participant–observation studies, social researchers defend their omission of informed consent on the basis of a need to protect subjects from apprehension, nervousness, or even criminal prosecution. In other instances, researchers contend that deception is rampant in society, and that their methods are no more immoral than the behaviour that ordinarily prevails. These defenses of covert methods fail to appreciate the range of risks that may be involved, and in the latter case, fail to show that these methods are in fact morally indistinguishable from the ‘deception’ that people typically engage in. Ultimately, these proposed defenses of covert methods succeed only in arousing greater concern about informed consent in social research, and the researcher’s privilege in bypassing it.