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.

Surviving in the Field: Practicalities and Personalities

Surviving in the Field: Practicalities and Personalities

It is the actual work in the field that presents the most problems, as there can be no prescription that fits every possible situation. This chapter, then, is only a review of some of the most common complications: The need to obtain and maintain access, the variety of relationships between the researcher and the people under study, and the impact of gender and social stratification on the course of research.


Access problems and their solutions are usually described in a section of a method book dedicated to study design. Fieldwork, especially shadowing, quickly reveals that access is a continuing problem, from beginning to end.1 Different people, different days, different situations, and even different moods require continuous renegotiation of ...

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