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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In straight description , the analyst accepts and uses theory and organizational schemes that are extant in the discipline : he simply finds classes in the data which correspond with those commonly utilized in the discipline or in more ...
Much work in anthropology , sociology and social psychology that relies on an observational approach and a relationship between the researcher and those being studied has been described in various ways as ' fieldwork ' , ' ethnography ' ...
Alternatively , the quality of argument is sometimes sarcastic , as here where the word ' engaging ' in the quote that follows denotes hostility towards the phenomenon described : In mental hospitals we find the engaging phenomenon of ...
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Strategy for Analyzing L Schatzman and A Strauss
Grounded Theory and Field Research Derek Layder
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