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By: Stina Bergman Blix | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2019 | Length:   5 | DOI: |
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Access is the process of establishing rapport with a field containing different phases without an articulated end. Qualitative research often involves studying people in their social setting, documenting action, and meaning making in relation to the field in which it occurs through ethnographic methods such as observations, shadowing, and interviews. Gaining permission to a site or a specific group of people is essential to collect research data. Permission typically includes gaining approval from an ethics review board as well as from organizations or collectives that make up the research site but, most importantly, from the individuals whose actions and meaning making the researcher wants to understand. Gaining and maintaining access builds on feelings of trust and interest and can therefore not be secured once and ...

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