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Social Science Research
From Field to Desk

First Edition


May 2014 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.


 
What, why, and how?
 
Reviewing literature
 
Designing the study
 
Interviewing
 
Observation on the move: Shadowing
 
Following objects and quasi-objects
 
Tools for fieldwork
 
Surviving in the field: Practicalities and personalities
 
Excursions into the cyberspace
 
Analysing field material
 
Text analyses
 
Writing it up
 
Good academic writing: Beauty & credibility
 
When to stop, and what to do next

A very well written and comprehensive text.

Professor Andreas Duer
Political Science Department, University of Salzburg
March 23, 2015

This book allows students to gain a thorough understanding of some very important steps in the research process. It contains several practical examples which makes it even more interesting.

Dr Joseph Vella
Corporate communication, University of Malta
March 10, 2015

An excellent texts for students embarking on their final dissertation research

Miss Ann Browning
Business, Law & Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University
March 2, 2015

THE BOOK IS GOOD AND I WILL USE IT AS A SUPPLIMENTAL BOOK IN THE RESEARCH METHODS COURSE

Dr HAMZA OMAR MOKIWA
Dept of Further Teacher Education, University of South Africa
February 23, 2015

A useful, beautifully written book - good for postgraduate level. I have used it to inform my teaching at undergraduate level, but feel my undergraduate students would find it a little inaccessible.

Ms Isobelle Madden
Healthcare, Bedfordshire University
February 3, 2015

This book gives a crisp, down-to-earth introduction into the workings of social science research in a way that concentrates attention on the big issues, rather than burying them in the detail of methods. I am recommending it not just for research methods purposes but more generally for anyone writing essays. The chapter on literature reviews is especially sharp. Because it's not a full-purpose methods text, many lecturers will see it only as a supplement or perhaps overlook what's really very good about it.

Dr Donald Nordberg
The Business School, Bournemouth University
January 15, 2015

Research project forms 50% of course requirement and book offered the theoretical practices behind carrying out research.

Ms Elizabeth Cotterell
VTOS, LMETB
October 13, 2014

An excellent book with excellent examples

Dr Ilan Tamir
school of communication, Bar-Ilan University
September 19, 2014

Good introduction to SS Research

Mrs MArianne Lundholt
Design and Communication, University of Southern Denmark - Kolding
April 29, 2014
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Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter Five- Observation on the Move: Shadowing


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