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- DescriptionDoing fieldwork inside the PRC is an eye-opening but sometimes also deeply frustrating experience. Fieldwork-based studies form the foundation for our understanding of Chinese politics and society, but there are conspicuously few detailed descriptions in the China literature of how people actually do their fieldwork, and of the problems they encounter. This lack of public methodological debate t only undermines academic standards of openness: it also stalls constructive discussion on coping strategies to shared problems, and it leaves graduate students going to the field for the first time with a feeling of being the only ones to encounter difficulties. In this volume, scholars from around the world reflect on their own fieldwork practice in order to give practical advice and discuss more general theoretical points. The contributors come from a wide range of disciplines such as political science, anthropology, ecomics, media studies, history, cultural geography, and silogy. The book also contains an extensive bibliography. This work is of relevance to post-graduate students from the social sciences and humanities who plan to do fieldwork in China; to experienced scholars who are new to the China field; and to experienced China scholars with an interest in methodological issues.
- Author BiographyStig Thogersen is Professor of East Asian Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark. He has done much fieldwork and published widely on issues related to education in China. Maria Heimer, who completed her PhD dissertation based on fieldwork in China quite recently, is an assistant professor at the Department of Political Science, Uppsala University, Sweden.
- PublisherNIAS Press
- Date of Publication01/12/2005
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationCopenhagen
- Country of PublicationDenmark
- ImprintNIAS Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight475 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Edited byMaria Heimer,Stig Thogersen
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