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Experiencing Fieldwork
An Inside View of Qualitative Research

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December 1990 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
How do you gain entry into a research setting? What tricks are there to learning the rules of the community without alienating the people you came to study? How are good relations maintained with informants? What happens after you leave the field? In Experiencing Fieldwork top ethnographers address these and other questions, bring fieldwork alive for the reader and provide invaluable advice for those entering the field.
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: GETTING IN
John Van Maanen
Playing Back the Tape
Early Days in the Field

 
Robert G Burgess
Sponsors, Gatekeepers, Members and Friends
Access in Educational Settings

 
Joan Neff Gurney
Female Researchers in Male-Dominated Settings
Implications for Short-Term Versus Long-Term Research

 
James T Richardson
Experiencing Research on New Religions and Cults
Practical and Ethical Considerations

 
William Shaffir
Managing a Convincing Self-Presentation
Some Personal Reflections on Entering the Field

 
 
PART TWO: LEARNING THE ROPES
David M Fetterman
A Walk Through the Wilderness
Learning to Find Your Way

 
Richard G Mitchell Jr
Secrecy and Disclosure in Fieldwork
Christine Griffin
The Researcher Talks Back
Dealing With Power Relations in Studies of Young People's Entry to the Job Market

 
Robert Prus
Encountering the Marketplace
Achieving Intimate Familiarity with Vendor Activity

 
Jaber F Gubrium
Recognizing and Analyzing Local Cultures
 
PART THREE: MAINTAINING RELATIONS
Peter McLaren
Field Relations and the Discourse of the Other
Collaboration in Our Own Ruin

 
A Donald Evans
Maintaining Relationships in a School for the Deaf
Patricia A Adler and Peter Adler
Stability and Flexibility
Maintaining Relations Within Organized and Unorganized Groups

 
Sherryl Kleinman
Fieldworkers' Feelings
What We Feel, Who We Are, How We Analyze

 
Ramona M Asher and Gary Alan Fine
Fragile Ties
Shaping Research Relationships with Women Married to Alcoholics

 
 
PART FOUR: LEAVING AND KEEPING IN TOUCH
Daniel Wolff
High Risk Methodology
Reflections on Leaving an Outlaw Society

 
Charles P Gallmeier
Leaving, Revisiting, and Staying in Touch
Neglected Issues in Field Research

 
Ilene M Kaplan
Gone Fishing, Be Back Later
Ending and Resuming Research Among Fishermen

 
Steven J Taylor
Leaving the Field
Research, Relationships, and Responsibilities

 
Robert A Stebbins
Do We Ever Leave the Field? Notes on Secondary Fieldwork Involvements

A great book for anyone who is thinking to do qualitative research, in particular methods of ethnography and interviews. A book is published in 1991 thus some sections might be not so accurate in a current context

Ms Irena Loveikaite
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
November 25, 2016

An insightful collection of essays; ideal for anxious undergraduates.

Miss Christine Hatcher
Health, Care and Early Years, Yeovil College
October 27, 2014

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William Shaffir

Robert Alan Stebbins

Robert A. Stebbins, FRSC, is Faculty Professor in the Department of Sociology at the ... More About Author

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