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.

Tools for Fieldwork

Tools for Fieldwork

Since the earliest attempts at fieldwork, fieldworkers have gone to the field well equipped, but their equipment constantly changes. Nowadays, most of it is digital. What follows is a short review of tools specifically invented or adapted for purposes of fieldwork.

Diary studies in the digital era

It so happens that diary studies – as a means of self-observation or in a diary-interview technique – are highly popular among researchers active in the field of computer–human interaction. Many such studies aim not at contributing theoretical insights, but at developing new or improving existing computer technologies. This practical orientation does not make the studies uninteresting for theoretically oriented researchers; to the contrary, they may find much of value in that approach. Additionally, the technologies ...

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