The way the researcher enters the research field can constitute a privileged modeof observing the structure and qualities of the research field, particularly inqualitative sociological inquiries. In the process of the initial contact of theresearcher with a social place, especially in those cases when his/her physicalpresence is required, the structural features of the place gradually manifestthemselves. Quite often, a strictly ‘technical’ approach to research-work tendsto overlook the potential usefulness of this phase. In this article, we will putforward the hypothesis that by investigating the way research participantsobserve the researcher, especially during the initial stage of interaction, wecan gain useful knowledge regarding particular structural aspects of theresearch field.
Sociological Research Online – SAGE
Published: May 1, 2004
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