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Approaches to Fieldwork

Approaches to Fieldwork

Four Volume Set
Edited by:
  • Sam Hillyard - University of Lincoln, UK, Durham University, UK

October 2014 | 1 664 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

These four volumes map how the fieldwork approach to research has developed and matured over the past decades. Following on from the success of 2004’s major work, Fieldwork (ed. Christopher Pole), the aim of this collection is to acknowledge the legacy and the traditions from which fieldwork emerged, but moreover to critically discuss how best fieldwork can move look to engage with the lives as they are now lived. Though the generic task of fieldwork remains as it was – the challenge to ‘get inside’ and seek understanding about the social world - the literature included in these volumes also engages with the whys, whats and hows of using ‘new’ digital data, placing current debates in context. The seminal articles included in this collection are further discussed and contextualised through the editor’s introduction, which outlines the rationale for selection and provides an illuminating overview of the field.

Volume One:  Theoretical ideas and the emergence of the fieldwork tradition

Volume Two:  Technique and technologies

Volume Three:  The purpose, task and ambitions of fieldwork

Volume Four:  Outcomes: style, quality and impact 

Articulating Theory, Practice and Objectivity in the Ethnography of Education as a Community of Practice

Dennis Beach
The Public and Private in C. Wright Mills’s Life and Work

John Brewer
Village on the Border, Anthropology at the Crossroads: The Significance of a Classic British Ethnography

Anthony Cohen
The Methodological Impact of Feminism: A Troubling Issue for Sociology?

Rachel Lara Cohen, Christina Hughes and Richard Lampard
The Only Honest Thing: Autoethnography, Reflexivity and Small Crises in Fieldwork

Sara Delamont
Searching for Realism, Structure and Agency in Actor Network Theory

Dave Elder-Vass
The Sad Demise, Mysterious Disappearance, and Glorious Triumph of Symbolic Internationalism

Gary Fine
Towards a Peopled Ethnography: Developing Theory from Group Life

Gary Fine
On Fieldwork

Erving Goffman
Qualitative Inquiry: Where Are the Ruins?

Maggie MacLure
Lifelong Learning to Labour: Apprenticeship, Masculinity and Communities of Practice

Andrew Parker
Some Problems of Interpretative Historiography

Paul Rock
The Life Histories of W. I. Thomas and Robert E. Park

Paul Baker
Institutional Ethnography and Actor–Network Theory: A Framework for Researching the Assessment of Trainee Teachers

Jonathan Tummons
The Geography of Disciplinary Amnesia: Eleven Scholars Reflect on the International State of Symbolic Interactionism

Phillip Vannini
The Importance of Being a ‘Lady’: Hyper-Femininity and Heterosexuality in the Private, Single-Sex Primary School

Alexandra Allan
Charting the Ludodrome: The Mediation of Urban and Simulated Space and Rise of the Flâneur Electronique

Rowland Atkinson and Paul Willis
Why Are Social Scientists Still Reluctant to Embrace Email as Data? An Ethnographic Examination of Interactions within Virtual Teams

Yee Wei (Carol) Au and Abigail Marks
“Either Side of Delphy Bridge”: A Deep Mapping Project Evoking and Engaging the Lives of Older Adults in Rural North Cornwall

Jane Bailey and Iain Biggs
From Co-location to Co-presence: Shifts in the Use of Ethnography for the Study of Knowledge

Anne Beaulieu
How I Learned What a Crock Was

Howard Becker
Photo-Elicitation and the Agricultural Landscape: ‘Seeing’ and ‘Telling’ about Farming, Community and Place

Ruth Beilin
Back to the Shed: Gendered Visions of Technology and Domesticity

Genevieve Bell and Paul Dourish
Animating Suspension: Waiting for Mobilities

David Bissell
Childern, Mobility and Space: Using GPS and Mobile Phone Technologies in Ethnographic Research

Pia Christensen, Miguel R. Mikkelsen, Thomas Alexander, Sick Nielsen and Henrik Harder
Framing Rural Fashion: Observations from Badminton Horse Trials

Alison Goodrum and Kevin Hunt
Digital Futures? Sociological Challenges and Opportunities in the Emergent Semantic Web

Susan Halford, Catherine Pope and Mark Weal
Knowing the City: Maps, Mobility and Urban Outreach Work

Tom Hall and Robin Smith
Using Internet Technologies (Such As Skype) as a Research Medium: A Research Note

Paul Hanna
Talking about Pictures: A Case for Photo Elicitation

Douglas Harper
Life Stories and Social Careers: Ageing and Social Life in an Ex-Mining Town

Robin Humphrey
The Power of Corridors: Connecting Doors, Mobilising Materials, Plotting Openness

Rachel Hurdley
Recording Technologies and the Interview in Sociology, 1920–2000

Raymond Lee
Fishmongers in a Global Economy: Craft and Social Relations on a London Market

Dawn Lyon and Les Back
An Ethics of Intimacy: Online Dating, Viral-Sociality and Living with HIV

Fadhila Mazanderani
Cementing Relations within a Sporting Field: Fell Running in the English Lake District and the Acquisition of Existential Capital

Sarah Nettleton
Walking, Sensing, Belonging: Ethno-Mimesis as Performative Praxis

Maggie O’Neill and Phil Hubbard
Being There, Teleography and the Wire

Martin Parker
An Urban Tour; The Sensory Sociality of Ethnographic Place-Making

Sarah Pink
New Avenues for Sociological Inquiry: Evolving Forms of Ethnographic Practice

Laura Robinson and Jeremy Schulz
The Postmodern Ethnographic Flaneur and the Study of Hyper-Mediated Everyday Life

Charles Soukup
Qualitative Research- Unity and Diversity

Paul Atkinson
“The second Banbury Study”, Colin Bell Interviewed by Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson
Emotion and Place Promotion: Passionate about a Former Coalfield

Katy Bennett
Exaggerated Femininity and Tortured Masculinity: Embodying Gender in the Horseracing Industry

Deborah Butler and Nickie Charles
(Net)Working Out: Social Capital in Private Health Club

Nick Crossley
Going Back to Re-Study Communities: Challenges and Opportunities

Graham Crow
The Smell of Sweat and Rum: Teacher Authority in Capoeira Classes

Sara Delamont
Four Days in a Strange Place

Locus Congressi
Mundane Mobilities, Performance and Spaces of Tourism

Tim Edensor
Consumption Styles and the Fluid Complexity of Punk Authenticity

William Force
Notes from the Sports Club: Confessional Tales of Two Researchers

Darla Fortune and Heather Mair
Ethnography in Evolution: Adapting to the Animal “Other” in Organizations

Lindsay Hamilton and Nick Taylor
Anthropology, Class and the ‘Big Heads’: An Ethnography of Distinctions between ‘Rough’ and ‘Posh’ amongst Women Workers in the UK Pottery Industry

Elizabeth Hart
Seeking the Analytic Imagination: Reflections on the Process of Interpreting Qualitative Data

Allison James
Constructing the Sick Child: The Cultural Politics of Children’s Hospitals

Allison James and Penny Curtis
If No Means No, Does Yes Mean Yes? Consenting to Research Intimacies

Julia O’Connell Davidson
You Are What You Research: A Researcher Partisanship and the Sociology of the Underdog

Karen Lumsden
Ethnographic Returning, Qualitative Longitudinal Research and the Reflective Analysis of Social Practice

Karen O’Reilly
Close But Not Too Close: Friendship as Method(ology) in Ethnographic Research Encounters

Helen Owten and Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson
Everyday Risks and Professional Dilemmas: Fieldwork with Alcohol-based (Sporting) Subcultures

Catherine Palmer and Kirrilly Thompson
How to Look Good (Nearly) Naked: The Performative Regulation of the Swimmer’s Body

Susie Scott
Goffman’s Interaction Order at the Margins: Stigma, Role, and Normalization in the Outreach Encounter

Robin Smith
Uncovering a Hidden “I” in Contemporary Urban Ethnography

Alford Young, Jr
Introduction: What Is the Empirical?

Lisa Adkins and Celia Lury
The Globalization of Qualitative Research

Pertti Alasuutari
The Mastersingers: Language and Practice in an Operatic Masterclass

Paul Atkinson
Identifying and Comparing Scandinavian Ethnography: Comparisons and Influences

Dennis Beach
For Public Sociology

Michael Burawoy
Half-Remembrance of Things Past: Critics and Cuts of Old

John Eldridge
On the Run: Wanted Men in a Philadelphia Ghetto

Alice Goffman
On Becker’s Studies of Marijuana Use as an Example of Analytic Induction

Martyn Hammersley
Local Knowledge and Local Power: Notes on the Ethnography of Local Community Elites

Albert Hunter
The New Mobilities Paradigm

Mimi Sheller and John Urry
Seeing Differently: Ethnography and Explanatory Power

Beverley Skeggs
Novel Ethnographic Representations and the Dilemmas of Judgement

Andrew Sparkes
New Methods, Old Problems: A Sceptical View of Innovation in Qualitative Research

Max Travers
De-Intellectualizing American Sociology: A History, of Sorts

Stephen Turner
Questioning Research with Children: Discrepancy between Theory and Practice?

Emma Uprichard
Popularizing Ethnography: Reflections on Writing for Popular Audiences in Magazines and Blogs

Phillip Vannini
Scrutinizing the Street: Poverty, Morality, and the pitfalls of Urban Ethnography

Loïc Wacquant
The Curious Eclipse of Prison Ethnography in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Loïc Wacquant
Innovation in Qualitative Research Methods: A Narrative Review

Rose Wiles, Graham Crow and Helen Pain