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Fieldnotes in Qualitative Education and Social Science Research
Approaches, Practices, and Ethical Considerations

ISBN 9780367225926
Published May 12, 2020 by Routledge
314 Pages

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Book Description

Building upon the incorporation of fieldnotes into anthropological research, this edited collection explores fieldnote practices from within education and the social sciences.

Framed by social justice concerns about power in knowledge production, this insightful collection explores methodological questions about the production, use, sharing, and dissemination of fieldnotes. Particular attention is given to the role of context and author positionality in shaping fieldnotes practices. Why do researchers take fieldnotes? What do their fieldnotes look like? What ethical concerns do different types of fieldnotes practices provoke? By drawing on case studies from numerous international contexts, including Argentina, Cameroon, Canada, Ghana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, the Netherlands, South Africa, and the US, the text provides comprehensive and nuanced answers to these questions.

This text will be of interest to academics and scholars conducting research across the social sciences, and in particular, in the fields of anthropology and education.

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of tables

Notes on contributors


Series Editor Foreword

What about Fieldnotes: An introduction

Jennifer Thompson and Casey Burkholder

Part I

Producing fieldnotes

    1. Writing in my little red book: The process of taking fieldnotes in primary school case study research in Kirinyaga, Kenya
      Catherine Vanner
    2. Fieldnotes as a square dance: What can be learned through a metaphor
      Wendy Crocker and Lori McKee
    3. Fieldnotes in marginal landscapes: Toward an Anthropocene ethic of care for small things
      Jennifer MacLatchy
    4. Fieldnotes as an imbricated space of observation, interpretation, analysis, and reflexivity
      Soon Young Jang
    5. Reflexive uncertainty: Fieldnotes and emotion in participatory visual research
      Jennifer Thompson
    6. Part II

      Using fieldnotes

    7. When fieldnotes don't work as expected: The challenges of team research with war-affected populations
      Bree Akesson and Kearney Coupland
    8. "I Pray you catch me listening": Activating fieldnotes for building cultural health capital
      LaShaune Johnson
    9. Performing fieldtexts
      Mary Ott
    10. The poetry of fieldnotes
      Adam Vincent
    11. The editing and rewriting of fieldnotes in ethnographic research
      Cecilia Vindrola-Padros
    12. Part III

      Sharing fieldnotes

    13. Fieldnotes as private, public, and rhetorical achievement
      Dmitri Detwyler
    14. Co-production, friendship, and transparency in Anthropological fieldnotes
      Janneke Verheijen and Sjaak van der Geest
    15. Bumbling along together: Producing collaborative fieldnotes
      Andrea Wojcik, Rachel Allison, and Anna Harris
    16. Vlogging as sense-making: Fostering diffractive practitioners
    17. Julie Rust and Sarah Altman

    18. Analyzing a public digital archive of comic-style fieldnotes
      Casey Burkholder
    19. Part IV

      Reflecting on fieldnotes practice

    20. Fieldnotes and lived experience of housing precarity: Co-creating transparent research practices for social change
      Jayne Malenfant
    21. Reconceptualising fieldnotes: The materiality of making knowledge for an embodied, dialogical, creative understanding of self-other
      Daisy Pillay, Simita Sharan and Jacquie Hendrikse
    22. Queering fieldnote practice with queer, trans, and non-binary populations
      Amelia Thorpe


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Casey Burkholder is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick, Canada.

Jennifer A. Thompson is Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Psychoeducation at Université de Montréal, Canada.