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.

Good Academic Writing: Beauty and Credibility

Good Academic Writing: Beauty and Credibility

This chapter is a plea for changing the criteria of ‘good scientific writing’, based on the assumption that social science texts should be readable for a wider audience. This goal can be achieved by a skillful blending of literary and scientific styles, as illustrated by examples of texts written by renowned authors.

Blurring genres

I am not sure that this book qualifies as a work of social science. It is so directly concerned with change and upheaval, both individual and social, that at times I had the feeling that I was writing the conceptual outline of a Bildungsroman (with, as always in novels, a number of autobiographical touches mixed in here and there).

This blurring of genres does not bother me, ...

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