All efforts have been made to eliminate this personal bias. The journal is based on how people interact with each other through a one day observation.
In Chapter 5 the authors write about levels of interaction. It can be assumed that a person meeting person in any of these levels will be a part of this observation journal. The journal will focus on the stages Micro, Meso and Macro levels. The Micro level interaction is between the most intimate groups in the society. It could be family gatherings, clubs, church members etc. Generally outsiders will be seen as guests only, like a keynote speaker. Interactions would be more frequent (daily, weekly, monthly etc). I visited a church congregation during one of their daily sermons. As the sermon began, latecomers just nodded their heads to others. Being a holy place close physical contact was avoided. But after the congregation began to emerge after the sermon there was visible exchange of handshakes, hugs and formal greetings. It is apparent that the social culture in such an environment does not allow intimate behavior on the one hand and violence on the other. On the whole it was a peaceful experience. Meso level interaction involves interaction at larger level, say communities or neighborhoods. I went to a community that is prone to violence. A lot of expletives were used by both men and women whether as a threat or as a greeting. Handshakes were few in number. High fives and embraces were commonly seen.
During interaction, the body language and clothes were casual. Many were seen leaning against walls. Peace loving individuals completely avoided people with records of violence and crime. Macro level interaction looks at a much wider framework that includes larger societies and could extend to the whole of the nation. I could not personally visit the Macro environment due to resources in terms of time and resources.