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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attention to various unsystematic and unsystematised theories developed in the past to handle similar data and problems ... In the case of each theory which our initial finding made salient , we had a directive for data which could be ...
Let us summarise the functions that unsystematic theory can serve and the conditions under which it can be employed in research : ( 1 ) The specification of possible areas of field - work as the researcher leans upon the educated ...
The Codification of Theory and the Heuristic Approach to Theory There is relatively little difference between the theoretical enterprise that codifies theoretical perspectives and heuristic theory as described above .
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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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