Imagining the field

Massey, Doreen (2003). Imagining the field. In: Pryke, Michael; Rose, Gillian and Whatmore, Sarah eds. Using social theory: thinking through research. UK: Sage Publications.



About the book: Have you ever stopped to wonder about the influences that underpin research? If you are thinking about doing a piece of research, what difference might it make to the question you ask, to your approach to empirical work, analysis and writing of research, if you are influenced by one theoretical approach rather than another?
The chapters in this innovative guide share a common belief that thinking alongside ideas, philosophical persuasions, is an integral part of the research process; it is not an optional extra. It sets out ways to encourage the researcher to think through three key moments of the research process: the production of a research question; fieldwork; and analysis and writing.
As the authors demonstrate, research is not simply `done’: it has to be thought about and thought through. The book’s accessible style makes it suitable for anyone wishing to engage ideas in research in the social sciences and humanities.

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