Interpreting the Field: Accounts of Ethnography

Paperback | December 1, 1993

EditorDick Hobbs, Tim May

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This book has two central aims. First, to demonstrate the importance of qualitative research through an examination of the type of data that it is capable of producing. Second, to do so using first-hand research accounts of ethnographic work. Toward these ends, the contributors cover avariety of topics: drug dealing; football hooliganism; entrepreneurial crime; the culture of policing; policing and the miners' strike; protest at Greenham Common; the politics of organizational change and race and sexuality in the field-work process. In reflecting upon personal experiences offield-work, together with the research strategies employed, the authors illustrate their arguments in both a detailed and accessible manner. The themes they discuss include the ethics and politics of field-work; reflexivity and data production; feminist field-work; the publication and production ofstudies, and an examination of the contrasting cultures of academia and what is normally termed the `field', where knowledges are authenticated according to different rules and power relations.As a result, Interpreting the Field, will have wide appeal for those who wish to understand the dynamics, advantages, and problems associated with ethnographic work: for example, undergraduates and post-graduates undertaking their own research. It will also be of interest to methodologists andthose working in the areas of crime, deviance, and organizational studies, as well as general readers of social science literature.

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This book has two central aims. First, to demonstrate the importance of qualitative research through an examination of the type of data that it is capable of producing. Second, to do so using first-hand research accounts of ethnographic work. Toward these ends, the contributors cover avariety of topics: drug dealing; football hoolig...

Dick Hobbs is a well known sociologist and author of Doing the Business (Clarendon Paperbacks, March 1993), which won the Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for the vest first sociology book by a new author when it was first published in 1988. Tim May previously taught at the University of Durham and has been a researcher at Plymouth Poly...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:December 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198258410

ISBN - 13:9780198258414

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Field-Work1. Gary Armstrong: Like that Desmond Morris?2. Dick Hobbs: Peer, Careers, and Academic Fears Writing as Field-WorkPart II: Politics3. Tim May: Feeling Matter: Inverting the Hidden Equation4. Penny Green: Taking Sides: Partisan Research on the 1984-5 Miners' StrikePart III5. Clive Norris: Some Ethical Considerations on Field-Work with the Police6. Jane Fountain: Dealing with DataPart IV: Women and Ethnography7. Sasha Roseneil: Greenham Revisited: Researching Myself and My Sisters8. H. L. Ackers: Racism, Sexuality, and the Process of Ethnographic Research

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`Each essay has a deal to say on the business of doing fieldwork. No doubt the book will become a standard in teaching Research Methods.' MAN