My dissertation research explores the operation of informal social control in a neighborhood setting. I use ethnographic methods and a constructivist grounded theory approach to articulate an interpretivist understanding of informal social control. I conducted over four years of fieldwork in a neighborhood setting where I engaged in several forms of observation, collected and reviewed both official and informal documents and I interviewed residents, business owners, landlords and community activists. This project was supported by the Department of Sociology and relied on materials and equipment belonging to the ARM Project.
Researcher(s): Daniela Jauk
Dani Jauk conducted an individual research project on violence against transgendered people in Ohio from Fall 2007 to Fall 2010. The project was based on participant observation of transgender advocacy and support groups in Akron, Clevand, and Columbus as well as interviews with transgender identified individuals about their life time experiences with violent victimization. The ARMlab equipment (tape recorder, video recorder, NVivo software) was used to collect and analyze the qualitative data in the form of fieldnotes, interview transcripts, and images. Dani has received the “Allied Student Activist of the Year 2008 – Transgender Illumination Award of the greater Cleveland LGBT community” in November 2008 for her work and collaboration with the local community.