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The purpose of this book is to assist researchers, especially postgraduate students, to prepare for development-related fieldwork. A broad approach is taken to allow ample attention to be paid to practical, methodological, and ethical issues. We endeavour to show that where researchers are well-prepared for ‘the field’ and sensitive to the local context and culture, development fieldwork can be a valuable experience for both the researcher and their participants.
We also assert that development research can be carried out in the North, the South, the East and the West. Given global interconnectedness, the economic successes of some countries formerly considered to be ‘third world’,1 the effects of financial crises on wealthier countries, and, most importantly, the pervasive inequality and poverty in almost ...