By Raymond M Lee

ISBN-10: 0803956606

ISBN-13: 9780803956605

Researchers occasionally paintings in settings that are almost certainly harmful to their overall healthiness and safeguard. for instance, they are often prone to violent war of words, verbal abuse or infectious illnesses. This quantity explores the contexts, settings and occasions which pose excessive actual chance to the fieldworker, and provides the innovations the writer has constructed for lowering the risks.

Raymond Lee attracts on his personal adventure in Northern eire, in addition to at the paintings of different researchers with teams comparable to outlaw bikers and formative years gangs, drug addicts and informants in inherently harmful occupations. Dangerous Fieldwork additionally deals invaluable info at the more and more vital subject of sexual harassment.

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Researchers occasionally paintings in settings that are in all likelihood risky to their future health and protection. for instance, they are often at risk of violent war of words, verbal abuse or infectious illnesses. This quantity explores the contexts, settings and occasions which pose excessive actual possibility to the fieldworker, and offers the innovations the writer has constructed for decreasing the hazards.

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In much of this there is probably an element of play. The researcher, like the apprentice or the greenhorn, provides a ready source of amusement. Accordingly, researchers are teased; given derogatory nicknames (Brewer, 1993); or placed in difficult, unpleasant, or compromising situations in order to see how they cope (Van Maanen, 1991). Tests may be rather more exacting in conflict situations. In some cases what is being tested are the limits of the researcher’s tolerance. The migrant workers in the South African mineworkers’ hostel studied by McNamara (1987) pointedly asked him to drink with them in the hostel beer hall in order to see how willing he was, as a white, to accept them as equals.

G.. Diamond, 1964). Researchers in this kind of situation typically seek ways to evade the gatekeeper’s control. Often in doing so, however, they still face barriers. Association with those who hold power invokes distrust among lower-level participants. The police officers Brewer (1993) studied in Northern Ireland were by no means concerned only about the security implications of the research; they also worried that it might be used by 22 management against their interests. The local bar culture made leftwing elements in Fuenmayor accessible to Gilmore.

Following controversy over CIA activities on domestic campuses, relations between the Agency and academics became increasingly regulated and, at least on the face of things, circumscribed (Johnson, 1989). As Johnson points out, however, there remains considerable scope for academic involvement in research, consultancy, recruitment, covert activities, and direct intelligence gathering. It is important, therefore, not to cast doubt on one’s bona fides as a researcher. Beals (1969, p. 30) reports that at least one anthropologist may have been murdered because he was thought to be working for the CIA.

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