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Fieldwork can mean the data collection stage of a project (particularly in the qualitative tradition); or how researchers go about collecting data; or more narrowly, data collection in a social setting that tries to reflect the naturally occurring order of events and subjective meanings of those being studied.

Section Outline: Fieldwork as qualitative research. The natural setting. Anthropological inheritance: ‘going into the field’. The drama of fieldwork. Making records of events as they happen. Preparations for fieldwork. Fieldwork as an exploratory stage. Planning inductive research. Access; gatekeepers; rules of engagement. Reactions to the fieldworker. ‘Acceptance’ and moral obligations.

‘Fieldwork’ is used in two distinct ways in social research. It can be a general term for several kinds of Qualitative Methods:

a style of investigation that is also ...

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