In this volume Professor Whyte compiles information gathered from his vast experience in field research. The book provides invaluable information for the student - it covers a broad range of research, with many examples to illustrate findings. The author shows not only how to gather data, but how, and why, relevant data should be selected and gives a realistic picture of problems encountered by the field researcher.
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About the Author
William Foote Whyte, a sociology professor known for his work with urban gangs, died July 16. He was eighty-six. A 1936 graduate of Swarthmore, he earned a Ph D in sociology from the University of Chicago. He began teaching on the Hill in 1948 as one of the first ILR professors. The title of his autobiography, Participant Observer, reflects his approach to academiathat a researcher can be a positive force for social change. "If there is a common theme in my work, it is my commitment to social exploration," he wrote. "Fieldwork fascinates me. I want to explain what is out there. "
Whyte, who became an emeritus professor in 1979, published twenty books, including the ground-breaking Street Corner Society, a 1943 study of Italian gangs in Boston's North End. He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Kathleen King Whyte, four children, twelve grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Table of Contents
Purpose and Focus of this BookParticipant Observation Rationale and RolesPlanning the Project and Entering the FieldField RelationsObservational MethodsInterviewing Strategy and TacticsRecording, Indexing and Evaluating Interview DataIntegrating Methods in Team ResearchUsing History in Social ResearchTypes of Applied Social ResearchEthics in Field Research and PublicationFocusing the Study and Analyzing the DataFrom Data Analysis to Reshaping Conceptual SchemesScheme and Styles of Social Research