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Andrew Bengry

In: The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection

Chapter 7: Accessing the Research Field

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Accessing the Research Field
Accessing the Research Field
Andrew Bengry

The process of gaining access to fieldwork settings and research participants is widely overlooked in social research methodological literature, and treated as a fairly unproblematic and ‘check box’ stage of the research process (Doykos et al., 2014). Much attention is given to the abstract processes involved in research design, such as formulating research questions and hypotheses, reviewing research and applying theory, methodology, sampling strategies, ethics, and identifying methods for collecting and analysing data (e.g. Bryman, 2015; Silverman, 2013). Far less attention is given to the practical process of implementing a research design (see Gobo, Chapter 5, this volume) and establishing access to a given field setting in order to collect data (Crowhurst, 2013; Turner and Almack, ...

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