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Entering the Field

By: Raymond Madden | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2019 | Length:   5 | DOI: |
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The first thing one can say about researchers entering the field, and the initial encounters that go along with it, is that despite how long one has been an ethnographer and despite how many times one has engaged in new fieldwork, entering the field for the first time is typically a nerve-racking experience, as so much depends upon one’s successful entry to the field. The appropriate management of such nerves becomes an important aspect of all entries to the field, as the feelings are unlikely to ever completely go away. Being able to undertake the task of good data gathering while initially having to deal with some level of nervousness or anxiety is a typical part of ethnography in the period immediately after entering the ...

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