This clear, straightforward textbook embraces the practical reality of actually doing fieldwork. It tackles the common problems faced by new researchers head on, offering sensible advice and instructive case studies from the author’s own experience. Barbara Czarniawska takes us on a master class through the research process, encouraging us to revisit the various facets of the fieldwork research and helping us to reframe our own experiences. Combining a conversational style of writing with an impressive range of empirical examples she takes the reader from planning and designing research to collecting and analyzing data all the way to writing up and disseminating findings. This is a sophisticated introduction to a broad range of research methods and methodologies; it will be of great interest to anyone keen to revisit social research in the company of an expert guide.
The suggestions in this chapter have been drawn from the general theory of reading, and can be used when reading either scientific literature or written field material. Reporting and referencing of the literature can follow different templates; the emphasis here is on the key traits of any literature review.
Doing the search
Having decided upon a research question to be answered or a research problem to be solved, the obvious next step is to check if somebody else has already done that study and answered that question. And in spite of the friendly presence of the Web, it is amazing how often people do not realize that an identical or highly similar study has already been done – often in a neighboring department or ...