(noun) An approach to research that employs emotional detachment coupled with limited interaction and the creation of categories for classifying observations.
Example: Researching types of behavior expressed by football fans by only viewing recordings.
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- Plural: detached observations
- Detached observation is compared and contrasted with participant observation.
- Behar, Ruth. 1996. The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart. Boston: Beacon Press.