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By Alan Bryman

ISBN-10: 041506063X

ISBN-13: 9780415060639

This significant inter-disciplinary assortment, edited through of the easiest revered figures within the box, offers a great common creation to this topic. Chapters comprise discussions of fieldwork method, interpreting discourse, the benefits and pitfalls of crew methods, the makes use of of desktops, and the functions of qualitative facts research for social coverage. intelligent and insightful, the gathering should be required examining for college students of the newest pondering on learn tools.

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1975) was policyoriented. It was believed by the research centre that overseered it that policymakers would respond most effectively to quantitative data (Okely 1987). On the other hand, they had chosen to employ an anthropologist because this discipline was traditionally associated with the study of the exotic and nonliterate ‘other’. Thus there was a built-in contradiction which the centre had not properly confronted, if extensive quantitative data was to be the ideal. The details of the struggle for qualitative methods could not be easily published (Okely 1987).

There was a moment 32 Analyzing qualitative data of relief and freedom when, after a discussion with Shirley Ardener, I felt it was right to trust my new intuitions, while being unable in any empiricist way to point to exact ‘proof’ in field notes that the ideas were sound. Since I had not and could not have predicted the paradoxes in Gypsy women’s position either before or during fieldwork, it was logical that this would not be traceable in the notes. It was a matter of piecing together passing clues and seemingly neutral descriptions, while allowing an imagination, grounded in experience, its proper freedom.

This information was collated in anonymized family folders and quantified, along with the information on fifty families collected by my three colleagues. Numerical tables were presented in the first publication (Adams et al. 1975). The material was satisfactorily interpreted with the aid of knowledge which comes from long-term participant observation. The representative of the computer company which prepared the numerical print-out was intrigued by the fact that this relatively poor group showed, in the 1970s, such an ‘atypically’ high percentage of motor vehicle ownership.

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