In the Field: Readings on the Field Research Experience / Edition 2

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Overview

"These engaging accounts by masters of field research illustrate the synthesis of passionate involvement and objective analysis. An informative and inspiring collection for students and professional social scientists." Cynthia Fuchs Epstein Distinguished Professor of Sociology City University of New York This revised, edited volume brings together personal accounts by a group of noted ethnographic researchers to examine the "natural history" of participant observation. An ideal supplemental text for methods courses, In The Field is designed to give students a sense of what it is actually like to conduct ethnographic research. As the selections show, field researchers must struggle to gain acceptance by the group under study but then often become deeply involved in the lives of the people and at times are forced into a reexamination of their own values. By learning how social scientists conduct research under field conditions and how they feel while they are doing it, students will be better prepared to carry out successful field research projects of their own.
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Practicing social scientists present personal accounts of their ethnographic field research. In ten pages or less they speak of how they do their research, feel while they are doing it, become accepted by the people they wish to know, build and maintain relationships with their subjects, maintain objectivity, sort through their findings, and worry about the privacy of the friends they have made in the field. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275954178
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/24/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

CAROLYN D. SMITH is a writer and editorial consultant specializing in educational materials in the social sciences.

WILLIAM KORNBLUM is the author of Blue Collar Community (1976) and co-author (with Terry Williams) of Growing Up Poor (1985) and other titles.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Jelly's Place 11
Doing Research in The Flats 21
Exploring the Cocaine Culture 27
In the Field with Snake Handlers 33
Getting In 41
Earning a Place in the Hustler's World 51
Relations of the Road 59
Doing Research in Cornerville 73
Prostitution, Drug Use, and AIDS 87
On Studying South Chicago 97
The Caseworker 109
Researching Peasants and Drug Producers 119
The Fieldworker and the Surgeon 129
The Outsider Phenomenon 139
Finding Your Spot 153
Selected Bibliography 159
Index 163
Contributors 167
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