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Being in the field: doing research

Woodward, Kath (2014). Being in the field: doing research. In: Smart, Carol; Hockey, Jenny and James, Allison eds. The Craft of Knowledge: Experiences of Living with Data. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 149–162.

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This chapter provides reflections upon the connections and disconnections of being in a field of research where the researcher is conscious of the processes of being inside and of being outside at the same time and in very different ways. I reflect upon my own research career by focusing upon the part played by gender and sexual politics in research and in particular the dynamic processes of being in the field and generating knowledge through research. I use my experience of making a film about boxing and art as a trigger in order to explore some of the particular ways in which gender plays out in different fields of research and to suggest some different possibilities and opportunities for producing knowledge, which acknowleedge the roles of emotion, creativity and imagination.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Author
ISBN: 1-137-28733-0, 978-1-137-28733-5
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Sociology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 40976
Depositing User: Kath Woodward
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2014 09:14
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 04:48
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