It will aim to be one of possibly the central contemporary international text in this field for social work researchers, bringing together in one volume the developments and debates that have been seen in recent years in peer reviewed journals, including the Sage journal Qualitative Social Work (founded and co-edited by one of us).

Living in Place, Space and Time

Living in Place, Space and Time

This chapter explores methods for understanding social work contexts. The main approach discussed is ethnography and the chapter includes examples of ethnographies of social work practice from several different national contexts. The role of the researcher and ethical issues are given particular attention. In this chapter we also discuss how qualitative methods may be used to explore a range of dimensions of social life, particularly space, time and the senses such as sounds and smells.

This chapter focuses on research methods that allow us to explore an understanding of the places of cultures (social and occupational), space and time. The methods discussed here might be used to further understand the contexts of the lives of service recipients, ...

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