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Edited by: Christopher Pole

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2005 |
    • Online Publication Date: April 03, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446261637 |
    • Print ISBN: 9781412900300 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446261637 |
    • Series: SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods |
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Fieldwork is one of the richest research methods in the Social Sciences. Originally, the preserve of anthropologists, notably Bronislaw Malinowski, it has now achieved a much wider relevance. This four volume set provides the most systematic guide to the method.

Volume 1 addresses the Origins and Definitions of Fieldwork and includes sections on the meaning of Fieldwork, Fieldwork and Theory, Early Fieldwork, Fieldwork and Fieldworkers.

Volume 2 concentrates on the Fieldwork Experience and covers the History of Fieldwork, Sampling in the Field, Observing in the Field, Field Talk (Interviews and Conversations), Documents and the Field, Visual Methods and Fieldwork and Reflecting On Fieldwork Experience.

Volume 3 focuses on Ethics and Politics in Fieldwork and includes sections on The Relevance of Politics and Ethics, Taking Sides, Sensitive and Stressful ...

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    Origins and Definitions

    The contents of these four volumes reflect an approach to fieldwork as a means of doing research which can be firmly located within the anthropological tradition. The contributions from Hays, Pennman, Evans-Pritchard but above all Malinowski establish fieldwork as a means of getting to know about social worlds often far away from ‘home', sometimes exotic, strange and dangerous and usually unknown to outsiders by any other means. Early fieldwork is, therefore, about curiosity, a yearning to know about the ‘other’ and as a means of satisfying this curiosity and the need to know, it is about travel. The early fieldworker could be seen, therefore, as something of a swashbuckling, romantic figure, prepared to travel often by uncertain and precarious means ...

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