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Emotions in Fieldwork

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By: James Davies & Thomas Stodulka | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2019 | Length: 3 | DOI: |
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The history of anthropological and sociological engagement with researchers’ emotions in fieldwork can be broadly divided into two substreams of enquiry—the first being classified as traditional empiricism and the second as radical empiricism. Each of these traditions has approached the researcher’s emotions and subjectivity in the field in distinct ways, which are elaborated through the two sections of this entry. The first section defines traditional empiricism and how its guiding principles have sought to approximate fieldwork as closely as possible to the more positivistic position on the researcher’s subjectivity, broadly seeing the researcher’s emotional reactions to the conditions of fieldwork as a potential threat to the data-gathering process and thus as something to be controlled and restrained. The entry then covers the methodological impact of ...

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