How we understand and define qualitative data is changing, with implications not only for the techniques of data analysis, but also how data are collected. New devices, technologies and online spaces open up new ways for researchers to approach and collect images, moving images, text and talk. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection systematically explores the approaches, techniques, debates and new frontiers for creating, collecting and producing qualitative data. Bringing together contributions from internationally leading scholars in the field, the handbook offers a state-of-the-art look at key themes across six thematic parts: Part I Charting the Routes Part II Concepts, Contexts, Basics Part III Types of Data and How to Collect Them Part IV Digital and Internet Data Part V Triangulation and Mixed Methods Part VI Collecting Data in Specific Populations

Accessing the Research Field

Andrew Bengry

The process of gaining access to fieldwork settings and research participants is widely overlooked in social research methodological literature, and treated as a fairly unproblematic and ‘check box’ stage of the research process (Doykos et al., 2014). Much attention is given to the abstract processes involved in research design, such as formulating research questions and hypotheses, reviewing research and applying theory, methodology, sampling strategies, ethics, and identifying methods for collecting and analysing data (e.g. Bryman, 2015; Silverman, 2013). Far less attention is given to the practical process of implementing a research design (see Gobo, Chapter 5, this volume) and establishing access to a given field setting in order to collect data (Crowhurst, 2013; Turner ...

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