Entering the field in qualitative field research: a rite of passage into a complex practice world

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dc.contributor.author Chughtai, Hameed en
dc.contributor.author Myers, Michael en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-16T02:56:36Z en
dc.date.issued 2017-11 en
dc.identifier.citation Information Systems Journal 27(6):795-817 Nov 2017 en
dc.identifier.issn 1350-1917 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36086 en
dc.description.abstract The concept of ‘the field’ is significant in ethnographic research as well as qualitative research methods more generally. However, how a field researcher enters the field is usually taken for granted after gaining access to the field. We suggest that entrance is a distinct phase of fieldwork that differs from negotiating access. Entrance is not a trivial event; rather, it is a rite of passage into a complex practice world and marks a critical field moment. Drawing on our ethnography and insights from hermeneutics and anthropology, we show that a practical understanding of the field represents a fusion of horizons where a fieldworker is thrown. The concept of thrownness highlights the fact that the fieldworkers' own historicity and prejudices affect their entrance into the field; hence, entrance into the field orientates an ethnographer in the field and influences the entire period of fieldwork that follows. Our theorizing is intended as a contribution towards advancing the discussion of qualitative research methods. en
dc.publisher Wiley en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Information Systems Journal en
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dc.title Entering the field in qualitative field research: a rite of passage into a complex practice world en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/isj.12124 en
pubs.issue 6 en
pubs.begin-page 795 en
pubs.volume 27 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Wiley en
pubs.end-page 817 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 542427 en
pubs.org-id Business and Economics en
pubs.org-id Info Systems & Operations Mgmt en
dc.identifier.eissn 1365-2575 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-10-16 en
pubs.online-publication-date 2016-09-22 en

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