This book provides an invaluable guide to undertaking development fieldwork in both the developing world and in western contexts. It takes you through all the key stages in development research and covers:
Research design and the roles of quantitative and qualitative methods.
Research using archival, textual and virtual data, along with using the internet ethically.
Practical as well as personal issues, including funding, permissions, motivation and attitude.
Culture shock, ethical considerations and working with marginalized, vulnerable or privileged groups, from indigenous peoples through to elites and corporations.
How to write up your findings.
Sensitive, engaging and accessible in tone, the text is rich in learning features; from boxed examples to bullet-pointed summaries and questions for reflection. Development Fieldwork is the perfect companion for students engaged in research across development studies, geography, social anthropology or public policy.
Regina Scheyvens heads the Institute of Development Studies at Massey University, New Zealand. She combines a passion for teaching about international development with research on tourism and development. She has a particular interest in sustainable development options for people living in small island states. In addition to Development Fieldwork, Regina has published books on Tourism and Poverty (2010) and Tourism for Development: Empowering Communities (2002), along with articles on topics such as backpacker tourism, ecotourism, sustainable tourism and empowerment.
Introduction - Regina Scheyvens and Sharon McLennan PART ONE: METHODOLOGY Designing Development Research - Warwick E. Murray and John Overton Quantitative Research - John Overton and Peter van Diermen Qualitative Research - Rochelle Stewart-Withers, Glenn Banks, Andrew McGregor and Litea Meo-Sewabu Something Old, Something New: Research Using Archives, Texts and Virtual Data - Sharon McLennan and Gerard Prinsen PART TWO: PREPARATION FOR THE FIELD Practical Issues - Maria Borovnik, Helen Leslie and Donovan Storey Personal Issues - Henry Scheyvens, Regina Scheyvens and Barbara Nowak PART THREE: IN THE FIELD Entering the Field - Sharon McLennan, Donovan Storey and Helen Leslie Ethical Issues - Glenn Banks and Regina Scheyvens Working with Marginalised, Vulnerable or Privileged Groups - Regina Scheyvens, Henry Scheyvens and Warwick E. Murray PART FOUR: LEAVING THE FIELD Anything to Declare? The Politics and Practicalities of Leaving the Field - Sara Kindon and Julie Cupples Returning to University and Writing the Field - Julie Cupples and Sara Kindon Ways Forward - Regina Scheyvens