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Field Research: Theory Meets Practice
A look at methods and their application to field research.
# 151957 | 1,231 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Oct 31, 2012 in Anthropology (General) , Research Designs (General)


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Description:

This paper examines the technique of interviewing for field research, both its theory and practical application. Various scholars and their works on interviewing for research are cited. These references include various different disciplines, such as anthropology and political science. Additionally, the paper highlights various studies and the interview techniques that were used, such as in an interview of prison inmates. Finally, the paper reviews an article about Yoruba culture and research techniques used for the study.

Outline:

Interview Methods in Political Science
Reform in the Making: The Implementation of Social Policy in Prison
Learning From Strangers: The Art and Method of Qualitative Interview Studies
Qualitative Interviewing: The Art Of Hearing Data
Field Research - Principle and Practice
Hegemony and Culture: Politics and Religious Change Among the Yoruba

From the Paper:

"The importance of the interview in terms of anthropological research is emphasized in Lin's book on prisons. The return to society of felony prisoners is problematic, author Ann Chih Lin explains, because there is no "bureaucratic infrastructure" in place to prepare the released prisoners for life out of lockup (Lin, 2000, p. 4). Few programs are in place that can help the incarcerated felon to make the adjustment for life outside, in a complicated society, Lin explains. What about rehabilitation for the prisoner? On page 5 Lin describes three reasons for skepticism: a) those who grew up with contempt for the laws of society aren't likely to suddenly change; b) while in prison felons become bitter, edgy, wary and they resent being locked up, so why would they have optimistic attitudes when they are released; and c) as a general rule programs designed to prepare prisoners for release have not worked in the past (Lin, p. 5).
"That said, Lin offers ideas in the book about how programs could work - based on interviews and hands-on research - to make the adjustment from incarceration to freedom more successful. Lin spent up to 12 hours a day for three weeks in each of five medium security prisons; additionally, Lin..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Laitin, David D. (1986). Hegemony and Culture: Politics and Religious Change Among the Yoruba. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Leech, Beth L. (2003). Interview Methods in Political Science. PSOnline. Retrieved March 23, 2010, from http://www.apsanet.org.
  • Lin, Ann Chih. (2000). Reform in the Making: The Implementation of Social Policy in Prison. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
  • Rubin, Herbert J., and Rubin, Irene S. (1995). Qualitative Interviewing: The Art Of Hearing Data. Thousand Oaks: Safe Publications.
  • Weiss, Robert S. (1994). Learning From Strangers: The Art and Method of Qualitative Interview Studies. New York: The Free Press.

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