Dangerous Fieldwork by Raymond M Lee

By Raymond M Lee

Researchers occasionally paintings in settings that are most likely risky to their well-being and security. for instance, they are often prone to violent war of words, verbal abuse or infectious ailments. This quantity explores the contexts, settings and events which pose excessive actual threat to the fieldworker, and provides the innovations the writer has built for decreasing the risks.

Raymond Lee attracts on his personal adventure in Northern eire, in addition to at the paintings of different researchers with teams equivalent to outlaw bikers and adolescence gangs, drug addicts and informants in inherently risky occupations. Dangerous Fieldwork additionally deals helpful details at the more and more very important subject of sexual harassment.

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Dangerous Fieldwork

Researchers occasionally paintings in settings that are possibly risky to their healthiness and defense. for instance, they are often liable to violent disagreement, verbal abuse or infectious ailments. This quantity explores the contexts, settings and events which pose excessive actual chance to the fieldworker, and provides the options the writer has constructed for decreasing the hazards.

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264). Adopting a self-confident and determined demeanor can also be important. , 1992). Bourgois (1989) notes, for example, that his refusal to retaliate after an incident in which he was robbed caused some of those around him to doubt his self-respect. The aims of a research study often impose conditions on who is eligible to be included in the research. At the same time, researchers may find it appropriate, for operational or ethical reasons, to offer some inducement in the form of money or services to participate.

Aided, no doubt, by their own lack of sinister purpose, they were fairly 35 readily able to dispel suspicion. Depending on the circumstances, they stressed to those concerned either the inadvertent character of what had happened, or else put on a determined show of carrying on as usual (both strategies again analyzed by Goffman, 1970). Nash assured union delegates that the incident with the tape was not a provocation but a mishap. In fact, she recounts that the episode actually diminished fears she was a CIA agent.

Although this may be so, it is also pertinent to observe that episodes such as those described above arose from routine fieldwork practices. The researchers attempted to maintain good field relations through sociability and reciprocity or through being active and visible in the setting. These attempts backfired, partly because the stresses of working in a violent situation probably encourage researchers to make mistakes. Since those in violent social settings have a strong incentive to be apprehensive, mistakes or other kinds of untoward events do not go unnoticed.

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