Observing the Observer: Understanding Our Selves in Field Research

Paperback | June 5, 2010

byShulamit Reinharz

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Ethnography or participant observation research has been performed since the early nineteenth century and is now one of the most common ways for field researchers to gain an in-depth understanding of social life. In Observing the Observer: Understanding Our Selves in Field Research - the onlybook that covers the issue of "reflexivity" in field research - author Shulamit Reinharz provides a captivating analysis of her yearlong stay in Israel, where she engaged in a study of aging on a kibbutz. Exploring the issue of "reflexivity," this unique volume focuses on the key tool in fieldwork -the self. It discusses how the many facets of the self (or "selves") of a researcher - research selves, personal selves, and situational selves - can affect how research is enacted and reported on. The book addresses many of the current debates on fieldwork, especially those that have arisen in thefeminist literature. Ideal for graduate courses in qualitative research methods, ethnographic methods, or ethnography, Observing the Observer can also be used in upper-level undergraduate courses on qualitative methods.

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Ethnography or participant observation research has been performed since the early nineteenth century and is now one of the most common ways for field researchers to gain an in-depth understanding of social life. In Observing the Observer: Understanding Our Selves in Field Research - the onlybook that covers the issue of "reflexivity" ...

Shula Reinharz is Jacob Potofsky Professor of Sociology at Brandeis. She is also Founding Director of the Women's Studies Research Center and Founding Director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. Dr. Reinharz is the author or coauthor of several books, including Feminist Methods in Social Research (OUP, 1992).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.39 inPublished:June 5, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195397800

ISBN - 13:9780195397802

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Developing Research Selves: The Desire, Opportunity, and Preparation to Do a Study2. Becoming Independent of the Sponsor3. Gaining Allies, Overcoming Antagonists, Being Tested4. Personal Selves5. Understanding the Elderly as a Consequence of My Mothering Role6. Being a Woman, a Wife, 33 years old, a Jew and a Potential Member7. Being an American, an Academic, a Sociologist/Anthropologist/Gerontologist, Dancer and Daughter8. Situational Selves: Being a Worker, Being Temporar9. Being a "Volunteer" (Neither a Volunteer nor a Hired Worker) and Being Sick10. Being a Neighbor, a Friend, a Homemaker, a Hostess, and a Leaver11. Theoretical ConclusionsEpilogueBibliographyIndex