The Fieldworker and the Field: Problems and Challenges in Sociological Investigation

Paperback | July 3, 2004

EditorM.N. Srinivas, A.M. Shah, E.A. Ramaswamy

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This is the second paperback edition of a book which in 1979 broke new ground in social investigation. Other research in the field has since been published, but the essays in this volume remain seminal texts. This new edition is distinguished by a prefatory review by Shah and Ramaswamy ofrecent literature on sociological fieldwork, and the training of social anthropologists. The eighteen essays in the volume describe a variety of field research programmes within rural and urban India, in complex organisations and in contrasting societies from other parts of the world, including Japan, Sri Lanka and New Mexico. This is an informative and helpful guide to those about toembark on their own field research.

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This is the second paperback edition of a book which in 1979 broke new ground in social investigation. Other research in the field has since been published, but the essays in this volume remain seminal texts. This new edition is distinguished by a prefatory review by Shah and Ramaswamy ofrecent literature on sociological fieldwork, and...

M.N. Srinivas is Formerly Senior Fellow in the Sociology Unit at the Institute for Social and Economic Change in Bangalore. A.M. Shah is a Former Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics. E.A. Ramaswamy is Management Consultant and Former Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:306 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:July 3, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface; IntroductionPart 1: Rural India1. The Fieldworker and the Field: A Village in Kamchatka2. studying the Present and the Past: a Village in Gujarat3. Experiences of an encapsulated Observer: a Village in Rajasthan4. On Tracks and Tracts in My fieldwork: Rural Kerala5. Fieldwork Experience Relived and Reconsidered: Rural Uttar PradeshPart 2: Urban India6. Travails of a Woman Fieldworker: a Small town in Uttar Pradesh7. A Woman's encounter with Arya Samaj and Untouchables: A Slum in Jullundur8. The Bottom View Up,Some Cognitive Categories: Slums in Madras9. Objective Appreciation Through Subjective Involvement: A Slum in Kapoor10. Making My Way Through Caste Images: Untouchables in PoonaPart 3: Complex Organisation in India11. Trial and Error in a New Field: a Factory in Gujarat12. Being where the Action Was: Trade Unions in Coimbatore13. Walking on the Edge of Factionalism: An Industrial Cooperative in Rural Maharashtra14. Varied Roles in the Field: a Hospital in Delhi15. An Apprenticeship Marked by Frustrations: College students in MysorePart 4: Societies outside India16. Selecting a Representative Village: a Village in Japan17. The Anthropologist-Informant Relationship: The Navajo and Zuni in america and the Thauru in India18. Problems of Entry: Sri Lanka, Zambia and AustraliaDetails of Contributors; Index