Exchange and Access in Field Work

  title={Exchange and Access in Field Work},
  author={Paul S. Gray},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Ethnography},
  pages={309 - 331}
  • P. Gray
  • Published 1 October 1980
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
EDITOR’S NOTE: The difficulties of obtaining access to field work settings are often problematic and situational. Paul Gray examines the problem of negotiating access from the perspective of social exchange theory, and identifies an &dquo;access ladder&dquo; corresponding to the level of difficulties encountered. He suggests that attempts to overcome these obstacles to access have initiated a wide variety of bargains between researcher and respondents, in which the goods exchanged mclude… Expand

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