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A Practical Guide to Fieldwork

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  • Wed 13 Jan 2021 09.00 - 11.00
  Add to Calendar 2021-01-13 9:00 2021-01-13 11:00 Europe/Paris A Practical Guide to Fieldwork

When you walk into a room to do an interview what question shouldn’t you start with? What should you say to your interviewee as you are leaving? Should you tape? What should be in your letter requesting an interview? What are the differences between interviewing in Washington, Brussels, New Delhi or Beijing? How do you approach interviews with indigenous people?

Qualitative methods can be used alone or in combination with quantitative methods. Qualitative methods often involve fieldwork interviews. During 30 years of doing socio-legal projects in both developed and developing countries I have made a number of mistakes. We discuss them so that you have a reasonable chance of not repeating them. Along the way we will also discuss sampling strategies such as outlier logic, natural experiments, diversity sampling, criterion sampling etc.

Becoming a good fieldworker takes time. It involves skills of listening, observation, cultural sensitivity and analysis. This seminar introduces you to the skills that you will need to build on.

Texts: There are no texts, but researchers should read Simon Halliday & Patrick Schmidt (eds), Conducting Law and Society Research: Reflections on Methods and Practices, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2009; and Kathy Charmaz, Constructing Grounded Theory, Sage Publications, 2006.

Researchers will be required to draft a letter requesting an interview and to prepare the first five minutes of an interview.  

Sala del Consiglio - Villa Salviati- Castle DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala del Consiglio - Villa Salviati- Castle

When you walk into a room to do an interview what question shouldn’t you start with? What should you say to your interviewee as you are leaving? Should you tape? What should be in your letter requesting an interview? What are the differences between interviewing in Washington, Brussels, New Delhi or Beijing? How do you approach interviews with indigenous people?

Qualitative methods can be used alone or in combination with quantitative methods. Qualitative methods often involve fieldwork interviews. During 30 years of doing socio-legal projects in both developed and developing countries I have made a number of mistakes. We discuss them so that you have a reasonable chance of not repeating them. Along the way we will also discuss sampling strategies such as outlier logic, natural experiments, diversity sampling, criterion sampling etc.

Becoming a good fieldworker takes time. It involves skills of listening, observation, cultural sensitivity and analysis. This seminar introduces you to the skills that you will need to build on.

Texts: There are no texts, but researchers should read Simon Halliday & Patrick Schmidt (eds), Conducting Law and Society Research: Reflections on Methods and Practices, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2009; and Kathy Charmaz, Constructing Grounded Theory, Sage Publications, 2006.

Researchers will be required to draft a letter requesting an interview and to prepare the first five minutes of an interview.  


Location:
Sala del Consiglio - Villa Salviati- Castle

Affiliation:
Department of Law

Type:
Seminar

Contact:
Law Department Administration - Send a mail

Speaker:
Prof. Peter Drahos (EUI - Law Department)

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