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"This reader provides a cross disciplinary account of research methodology, covering the character of social research, fieldwork, ethnography, and survey research as also the ethical and ideological issues involved in doing research." "The contributions from well-known ethnographers and social scientists highlight the nature of social research, and conceptualize social reality and its dimensions. They discuss the importance of classification, the relevance of comparison and restudy in social research, and the possibility of arriving as close as possible to the subject's point of view." This collection of essays on methodology and fieldwork is an indispensable read for students, teachers and researchers across disciplines, particularly those from sociology, social anthropology, and other branches of social sciences.

Contributed articles chiefly with reference to India.

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Vinay Kumar Srivastava, Reader in Social Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Delhi University

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Table of Contents

I Character of social research 51
On reality : its perception and construction 57
On classification 80
The first intersubjectivity : the anthropologist and the native 85
To contrast and compare 94
The comparative method and the standpoint of the investigator 112
Restudies in anthropology 132
II Intensive fieldwork and ethnography 149
Ethnography : method and product 157
In pursuit of anthropology 191
Informal collaborations as an aspect of urban anthropological fieldwork : experiences from Jaipur City 208
Fieldwork in Rishi Valley School 240
Sparks of contingency : photography and anthropology in India 257
III Surveys and documents 265
Caste and world view : the application of survey research methods 272
Perceptions of princely rule : perspectives from a biography 288
Becoming a diarist : Amar Singh's construction of an Indian personal document 308
Study of changes in the Indian family 328
Networks 338
IV Ethical and ideological issues 347
Problems in practice 354
Search for women's voices : reflections on fieldwork, 1968-93 371
Collecting the life history of an Indian untouchable 389
The insider versus the outsider in the study of cultures 413
The native anthropologist : constraints and strategies in research 421
On payments to respondents 436
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