Essay On Elite Interview

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This research employs interview (both elites and non-elites) and survey sampling as primary data gathering methods. Interviewing local elites——by elites, I simply mean holding discussions with people who are chosen because of who they are or what position they occupy—not based on their social or economic standing, will provide political dynamics and perspectives leading to granting of the amnesty to the rebels in the region. According Hochschild, a key purpose of conducting elite interview is “to acquire information and context that only that person can provide about some event or process”, that elite-based interview seeks to reconstruct how they “remember of how others behaved, and why? How does the person understand and explain the trajectory …show more content…
While 50 respondents of non-elite interviews will be given in random, the remaining 50 will be administered to ex-militants, and if access is permissible and personal security is not compromised, to active militants who have refused to disarm. Towing this route, the researcher is aware of some inherent limitations. For instance, the ex-militants whose identity are known to authorities may express some degree of hesitation in divulging important and sensitive incriminating information the researcher seeks to understand. If this becomes the situation, the researcher will identify an alternative access route. The role of an informant becomes essential …show more content…
Collating results of a paper-administered surveys will require additional efforts than it would if done electronically. The survey design assumes that respondents have attained basic literacy level to read and internalize the materials. It is likely that the most impoverished population, those who can not read or write, will be excluded from the survey. The structured interview will partly address this bias. Also, access to rebels in the Niger Delta creeks will present challenges. It is probably that the researcher might be misidentified as an agent working for the federal government of Nigeria. When this happens, access to militants may be restricted. However, this problem may as well be addressed by engaging an informant with excellent local

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