A Handbook for Social Science Field Research: Essays & by Ellen Perecman, Sara R. Curran

By Ellen Perecman, Sara R. Curran

A instruction manual for Social technological know-how box examine: Essays & Bibliographic resources on study layout and strategies presents either amateur and skilled students with useful insights to a decide on record of serious texts bearing on a wide range of social technological know-how equipment precious while doing fieldwork. via essays on ethnography to case examine, archival learn, oral background, surveys, secondary information research, and ethics, this clean new assortment bargains ''tales from the field'' by way of popular students throughout a number of disciplines.

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Ferguson, at the time the political economy editor of the Nation, possesses encyclopedic knowledge of business and politics in New Deal America. Theda Skocpol once pinned the label “Beardsian” on him in a footnote war the two were waging, and Ferguson wore it as a badge of honor, as well he should have. Charles Beard (1874–1948) was the great Progressive Era historian most famous for advancing economic interpretations of American politics. qxd 12/22/2005 3:22 PM Page 7 Chapter 1 ♦ Archives——7 Science Association in 1926 and the American Historical Association in 1933.

In the second of two essays in which authors discuss their experiences breaching the methodological conventions of their own disciplines, Michael Piore explores how qualitative methods have informed his study of economic processes. His account provides valuable insights for economists going into the field, as well as for noneconomists interested in engaging with economic theories and methods. Like Vitalis, Piore demonstrates how he allowed himself to be led by his intuition and, further, allowed his field observations to challenge economic theory.

Johnson’s task would be anything but easy, however, for he was dealing with a less-than-cooperative subject. While MITI’s efforts were an open secret among the cognoscenti in Tokyo in the early 1970s, they were nonetheless shrouded in secrecy. “All books that do mention MITI,” wrote Johnson in a letter to his editor, “do nothing more than that—because nobody knows anything about it, and the ministry—like all bureaucracies—prefers to remain confidential” (Johnson 1999, p. 42, 2000, p. xviii). qxd 12/22/2005 5:24 PM Page 25 Chapter 2 ♦ Case Studies—25 with MITI, who were more than happy to fly under the Western radar (Johnson 1982, p.

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