The politics of access in fieldwork: Immersion, backstage dramas and deception

@inproceedings{Cunliffe2016ThePO,
  title={The politics of access in fieldwork: Immersion, backstage dramas and deception},
  author={Ann L. Cunliffe and Rafael Alcadipani},
  year={2016}
}
Gaining access in fieldwork is crucial to the success of research, and may often be problematic because it involves working in complex social situations. This article examines the intricacies of access, conceptualizing it as a fluid, temporal, and political process that requires sensitivity to social issues and to potential ethical choices faced by both researchers and organization members. Our contribution lies in offering ways in which researchers can reflexively negotiate the challenges of… CONTINUE READING

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