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Creative Problem Solving in the Field: Reflections on a Career

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From the street corners of the North End of Boston to the Basque regions of Spain, renowned sociologist William Foote Whyte has been a pioneer in developing methods and theories that have changed and expanded the way that we look at social structures and the individuals within them. Now, Whyte passes on his experience and knowledge with a look at problems he encountered in the field, and how he was able to overcome them. This book is both a guide through the practical and conceptual complexities and problems ...

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Overview

From the street corners of the North End of Boston to the Basque regions of Spain, renowned sociologist William Foote Whyte has been a pioneer in developing methods and theories that have changed and expanded the way that we look at social structures and the individuals within them. Now, Whyte passes on his experience and knowledge with a look at problems he encountered in the field, and how he was able to overcome them. This book is both a guide through the practical and conceptual complexities and problems associated with fieldwork, as well as a look back on the life of one of the most interesting and important sociologists of our time.

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Journal Of Contemporary Ethnography
It is an impressive narration of one person's life work, a narrative that is driven by a particular vision of the good sociologist and also the good society.
— Mary Jo Neitz
Journal Of Contemporary Ethnography - Mary Jo Neitz
It is an impressive narration of one person's life work, a narrative that is driven by a particular vision of the good sociologist and also the good society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761989202
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 8/4/1997
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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Cornell University

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Table of Contents

chapter 1 About the Author chapter 2 Preface chapter 3 Gaining Access to the Field chapter 4 Systematizing Participant Observation chapter 5 Interviewing in the Field chapter 6 Facts, Interpretations, and Ethics in Qualitative Inquiry chapter 7 Transactional Relationships chapter 8 Money and Motivation chapter 9 Socio-Technical Systems chapter 10 Studying Cultures and Intercultural Relations chapter 11 On Combining Research Methods chapter 12 On History: How the Past Shapes Present and Future chapter 13 Learning from Mondragon chapter 14 Sociology as Social Science chapter 15 Methods for Doing Applied chapter 16 Combining Consulting and Applied Social Research chapter 17 A Vision for Sociology and Society chapter 18 References chapter 19 Index

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