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Development Fieldwork


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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

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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.


This is a fantastic collection of the 'ins' and 'outs' of development-related fieldwork. From ethical concerns to practical encounters, the volume offers clear and useful advice for both first time researchers and seasoned academics on negotiating 'the field'. Already one of the most dog-eared books on my shelf! -- Dr. Simon Springer
Development Fieldwork is without doubt the best available guide to dealing with practical, methodological and ethical issues in 'development' research, within and across 'North' and 'South'. It addresses both long-standing and more recently emerging research issues with sensitivity, insight, good sense and a clear commitment to engaged, responsible research practices and relationships. It is a vital resource for undergraduate dissertation students and postgraduates, but has much to offer even experienced researchers. Development Fieldwork is an essential resource. -- Dr. Emma Mawdsley

An excellent overview of the pitfalls and problems of fieldwork in remote places... elegant, incisive and enjoyable... good humoured and eminently practical - the "Lonely Planet" guide to the field.

-- Professor John Connell
The writers through the 'gift of the gab' and brilliant advocacy in the temple of development have forged useful approaches in the furnace of practical experiences for the benefit of new, upcoming, emerging and established development researchers. -- Prof. Oladele O. Idowu

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