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.

Excursions into Cyberspace

Excursions into Cyberspace

Social scientists are making increasing use of computers in their work. Meanwhile, more and more studies focus on computerized work and on free-time activities at the computer. Cyberspace, once merely a tool for researchers, has become a research field of its own. This chapter addresses new opportunities and new complications resulting from this development.

Fieldwork via cyberspace

Stephen R. Barley and Gideon Kunda (2001: 85) were among the first to notice that, as a growing proportion of contemporary work involves computer use, fieldworkers need to follow, both by using digital devices themselves, and finding ways to study such computer-enhanced work. Indeed, as most people have now become information workers, the ways of observing this work must be improved. Although life in cyberspace and ...

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