Thoroughly revised, the Second Edition of A Guide to Qualitative Field Research provides novice researchers with comprehensive and accessible instructions for conducting qualitative field research. Using rich examples from classic ethnographies to help bring abstract principles alive, author Carol A. Bailey thoroughly explains the entire research process from selecting a topic to writing the final manuscript, and all of the steps in between!
New to the Second Edition:Offers Ten Techniques for Analyzing Data: Step-by-step instructions on how to use various techniques for analyzing data are provided that demystify what is often an overwhelming activity. There are three chapters devoted to ten techniques, including descriptions, typologies, taxonomies, visual representations, themes, story telling, critical events, and analytic induction.; Provides Increased Coverage of Ethics: Ethical issues in field research are examined, including the American Sociological Association's Code of Ethics in a new Chapter 2. This coverage illuminates that ethical concerns are always present and ethical dilemmas are not always easily resolved.; Includes New Discussions of Paradigms: More coverage of paradigms is given as well as their implications for the research enterprise, sampling, reflexivity, member checks, triangulation, and criteria for evaluating field research. This new edition has been significantly reorganized and expanded with a greater focus on the role of theory.
Clearly written, this accessible text is ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying qualitative methods and evaluation research across the social sciences.
Chapter 2: Ethical Issues in Qualitative Field Research
Ethical Issues in Qualitative Field Research
Ethical considerations permeate every aspect of the field research process, from selecting the research topic to disseminating the results. The often prolonged and personal interactions with those in the setting during field research create the possibility of myriad ethical questions, none of which are accompanied by easy solutions.
Fortunately, professional organizations recognize the ethical difficulties faced by the field researcher and have established codes designed to guide ethical decision making. With the advancements in technology, such codes are now only a mouse click away. For example, on its Web site, the American Anthropological Association (n.d.) provides the Code of Ethics established by the American Sociological Association (ASA), the American Anthropological Association, the American Political Science ...