Farmingville Case Study Essay

2866 Words May 23rd, 2015 12 Pages
April 17, 2015

Assignment: Farmingville Case Study (part 1)

Chapters 1 and 2: Review 1. Using symbolic interaction theory as your guide, explain how the terms “aliens” and “illegals” helped shape public opinion/attitudes in Farmingville towards Latino day laborers. What do these words mean? How did these definitions influence perceptions and behaviors?

I think the word “alien” describes the symbolic interaction best. To the locals of Farmingville the immigrants were alien in a very broad sense of the word. They spoke another language, enjoyed food that was different to the local fare; even the way they interacted with each other was something that was very incongruous to their way of life. We all know that labels can hurt and
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Since it would be impossible to study all U.S. residents directly, how large would your sample have to before you could generalize your research results to the total U.S. population? How would you ensure that your sample was representative of the population?

I would use a random sample of at least 3000 people and I would spread this out over the over Central California. This is where there is a large concentration of migrant farm workers, where if I did the study in a suburb or large city, the residents may have no factual input and might go on myth or prejudices.

4. What are the limitations of the survey method, and how would you overcome the limitations of this research method, or any research approach?
One major disadvantage of survey questionnaires is the possibility of low response rates. Low response would most likely be the curse of statistical analysis .I’m sure this can dramatically lower our confidence in the results, however well-designed studies consistently produce high response rates. Another disadvantage of survey methods is the inability to probe responses. Questionnaires are structured instruments. They allow little flexibility to the respondent with respect to response format. In essence, they often lose the "flavor of the response". I think by allowing frequent space for comments, the researcher can partially overcome this disadvantage. Comments

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