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These four volumes map how the fieldwork approach to research has developed and matured over the past decades. Following on from the success of 2004's major work, Fieldwork (ed. Christopher Pole), the aim of this collection is to acknowledge the legacy and the traditions from which fieldwork emerged, but moreover to critically discuss how best fieldwork can move look to engage with the lives as they are now lived. Though the generic task of fieldwork remains as it was – the challenge to ‘get inside’ and seek understanding about the social world – the literature included in these volumes also engages with the whys, whats and hows of using ‘new’ digital data, placing current debates in context. The seminal articles included in this collection are ...

Editor's Introduction: Approaches to Fieldwork

The content of these four volumes is informed by an approach to fieldwork research that has roots in the anthropological tradition and most recently with sociological approaches to understanding micro social worlds. The first collection, Fieldwork, edited by Christopher Pole, is an important landmark showcasing how far the fieldwork approach to research had come in a relatively short time. These four volumes traced and demonstrated how fieldwork has metaphorically ‘come of age’, from the first use of innovative methods by the early pioneers, to the careful adaptation and methodological refinement of such techniques in late modernity.

Time has not stood still and what stands out most notably is the impact of mobilities upon our lives (Urry, 2010). To explore how we move ...

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