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Public Behavior, Recording of

A lot of behavior involving communication takes place in public in plain view of others. When recordings of such public behavior take place and the material is used in research, a series of questions arise about how to record public behavior and the ethical and legal implications of the practice. This entry introduces the concept of public behavior. This entry further explores why a researcher might choose to record and study public behavior, unobtrusive approaches to recording public behavior and their accompanying ethical considerations, and the identification of individuals in such research, especially under specific circumstances (e.g., when minors are present).

Defining Public Behavior

Any recording of behavior in some ways violates the sense of privacy or secrecy of a person. However, not all “public” places are ...

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