Fieldwork is one of the richest research methods in the Social Sciences. Originally, the preserve of anthropologists, notably Bronislaw Malinowski, it has now achieved a much wider relevance. This four volume set provides the most systematic guide to the method.
Volume 1 addresses the Origins and Definitions of Fieldwork and includes sections on the meaning of Fieldwork, Fieldwork and Theory, Early Fieldwork, Fieldwork and Fieldworkers.
Volume 2 concentrates on the Fieldwork Experience and covers the History of Fieldwork, Sampling in the Field, Observing in the Field, Field Talk (Interviews and Conversations), Documents and the Field, Visual Methods and Fieldwork and Reflecting On Fieldwork Experience.
Volume 3 focuses on Ethics and Politics in Fieldwork and includes sections on The Relevance of Politics and Ethics, Taking Sides, Sensitive and Stressful Situations, Dilemmas and Responsibilities.
Volume 4 addresses the Analysis, Outcomes and Reflections of Fieldwork and includes sections on Analyzing Fieldwork, Fieldwork and the Author, Representing Fieldwork, Autoethnography and Writing Method and Leaving The Field.
The collection is a superb addition to the series, providing readers with a comprehensive and indispensable critical guide to Fieldwork.
Christopher Pole lectures in Sociology at the University of Leicester
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Moreover , the definition provided above is sufficiently inclusive to embrace fieldwork that is conducted not solely in remote and unfamiliar lands , but also in locations much closer to home . As Burgess ( 1984 ) pointed out , the cost ...
Drawing on his experience of fieldwork conducted overseas he encouraged the application of field methods in hitherto taken for granted situations . In doing so he crossed the boundaries between anthropology and sociology .
... Pole and Lampard 2002 ) in the conduct of fieldwork , we should not , however , reject or ignore the significance of ... agricultural practices are issues upon which some of the fieldwork conducted by early anthropologists focused .
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The Place of Field Work in Social Science
Approaches to Field Research Robert G Burgess
The Meaning of Fieldwork Buford H Junker
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