Gaining Access: A Practical and Theoretical Guide for Qualitative Researchers

Gaining Access: A Practical and Theoretical Guide for Qualitative Researchers

by Martha S. Feldman, Jeannine Bell, Michele Tracy Berger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0759102163

ISBN-13: 9780759102163

Pub. Date: 03/01/2003

Publisher: AltaMira Press

A guide for social scientists who have developed a research design and are eager to start their first research project, only to discover that no one will talk to them. Political scientists and psychologists offer many access stories, through which they develop a general theory of access that recognizes it as a process of building relationships. They advise researchers…  See more details below

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A guide for social scientists who have developed a research design and are eager to start their first research project, only to discover that no one will talk to them. Political scientists and psychologists offer many access stories, through which they develop a general theory of access that recognizes it as a process of building relationships. They advise researchers to identify those who can help them gain access, learn the art of self-presentation, and nurture relationships once they are established. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759102163
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. IStages of Access
Ch. 1Finding Informants3
Ch. 2Human Subjects and Permission to Contact Informants13
Ch. 3Making Initial Contact23
Ch. 4Developing Rapport35
Ch. 5Exiting: Ending the Relationship47
Pt. IIGaining Access: The Inside Stories
Ch. 6Gaining Access to Individuals53
Maintaining Access57
Chinese Officials as Ordinary Respondents61
Dealing with Difficult Gatekeepers, Vulnerable Populations, and "Hooks" That Go Awry65
Courting Minorities in Postwar Bosnia68
Ch. 7Gaining Access for Interviewing75
Accessing Business, Government, and Nongovernmental Organization Actors in Mexico and Brazil79
Rendering unto Caesar: Gaining Access to Local Religious Leaders83
Breaking into the Bank: The Challenge of Gaining Meaningful Access to the World Bank86
Help from Unexpected Places: Access and Assistance from within an Organization92
Ch. 8Gaining Access for Interviewing and Observation99
Going to Prison102
How I Got Them to Talk to Me: The Importance of Persistence, Personality, and Identity106
Accessing Multiple Human Service Organizations for Field-Based Research110
Ch. 9Gaining Access for Extended Observation117
Studying Work Groups in India, China, and Hungary120
Accessing Architects in the Auto Industry124
Access into Rivera: Entering and Exiting an Urban High School129
Crossing That Yellow Line: Obtaining Access to the Police Departments133
Ch. 10Gaining Access for Participation139
Perseverance Furthers142
Inside the Department of Energy146
Access as Relating: On the Relationship Aspects of Different Types of Access150
Access and Participation in a Government Agency154
Bibliography161
Index167
About the Contributors171

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