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.

Following Objects and Quasi-objects

Following Objects and Quasi-objects

Following objects is a technique close to shadowing, but the researcher is targeting things rather than persons. This chapter contains a brief history of the technique, three examples of its application, and ends with a discussion of its usefulness.

Rediscovering things: Actor–Network Theory

The idea of following objects is usually associated with Actor-Network Theory (ANT) – a narratology-inspired approach to science and technology studies, especially as practiced by Bruno Latour (2005). The assumptions behind ANT can be briefly summarized as follows: Although not all people structure their experiences as narratives, the narrative form is the dominant form of knowledge, even in modern societies. Narratologists (in this case, Lithuanian-French semiologist Algirdas J. Greimas) have studied the typical narrative structure, revealing several characteristics that ...

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