Field Research in Political Science: Practices and Principles (Strategies for Social Inquiry)

Field Research in Political Science: Practices and Principles (Strategies for Social Inquiry)

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Diana Kapiszewski, Lauren M. MacLean, Benjamin L. Read
Cambridge University Press, 3/19/2015
EAN 9781107006034, ISBN10: 1107006031

Hardcover, 470 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 2.5 cm
Language: English

Field research - leaving one's home institution in order to acquire data, information or insights that significantly inform one's research - remains indispensable, even in a digitally networked era. This book, the first of its kind in political science, reconsiders the design and execution of field research and explores its role in producing knowledge. First, it offers an empirical overview of fieldwork in the discipline based on a large-scale survey and extensive interviews. Good fieldwork takes diverse forms yet follows a set of common practices and principles. Second, the book demonstrates the analytic benefits of fieldwork, showing how it contributes to our understanding of politics. Finally, it provides intellectual and practical guidance, with chapters on preparing for field research, operating in the field and making analytic progress while collecting data, and on data collection techniques including archival research, interviewing, ethnography and participant observation, surveys, and field experiments.

1. Field research in political science
practices and principles
2. A historical and empirical overview of field research in the discipline
3. Preparing for fieldwork
4. Managing in the field
logistical, social, operational, and ethical challenges
5. Thinking outside the (archive) box
discovering data in the field
6. Interviews, oral histories, and focus groups
7. Site-intensive methods
ethnography and participant observation
8. Surveys in the context of field research
9. Experiments in the field
10. Analyzing, writing, and retooling in the field
11. The future of field research in political science.