The process of learning qualitative research has altered dramatically and this Handbook explores the growth, change, and complexity within the topic and looks back over its history to assess the current state of the art, and indicate possible future directions. Moving beyond textbook rehearsals of standard issues, the book examines key methodological debates and conflicts, approaching them in a critical, discursive manner.
Chapter 14: Caught in the Nick of Time: Archives and Fieldwork
Caught in the Nick of Time: Archives and Fieldwork
Dust, as academic convention has it, is an impediment to good archival scholarship. Dust coats surfaces. Dust obscures print. It is dust that renders already bad handwriting illegible. Dust is the irritant in the historian's otherwise discriminating eye. Unless care is taken, dust can be the cause of itching and reddening. Such vocational discomforts acknowledged, dust is quintessentially the scholar's choice of dirt. It is a research phenomenon to be quietly gloried in as might the scientist fieldworker take the grimmest sort of pleasure in oppressive heat or swarming insects. Dust blackens palms and gets under fingernails. But at day's end, on having departed the scene, it can ...