Researchers in developing countries often find that the particular
country in which they work presents a range of unforeseen
challenges. Indeed, their ability to carry out effective
scholarship is often highly dependent on these factors. The great
differences between working in countries as varied as India, China,
Bolivia and Kenya can often come as a shock to the system. An
ability to negotiate a bewildering array of cultural and logistical
obstacles is therefore essential. Overseas Research II: A Practical
Guide distils essential lessons learned by scores of students and
scholars who have collected data and done fieldwork abroad. The
authors fill the reader in on the many crucial pieces of advice:
how to prepare for the field, how and where to find funding for
one's fieldwork, issues of personal safety and security, and myriad
logistical and relational issues that often define one's research
experience abroad. As Christopher B. Barrett and Jeffrey Cason
suggest, "Fieldwork is a sequence of decisions, some about the
conduct of research, some about the conduct of life." The book
focuses new field researchers' attention on that productive
intersection, and includes many real-life accounts from experienced
professionals whose own work abroad can inform those facing the
field for the first time.
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Christopher B. Barrett
• Jeffrey Cason
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