Interactionist research : extending methods, extending fields

Whitaker, EM ORCID: and Atkinson, P 2021, 'Interactionist research : extending methods, extending fields' , in: The Routledge International Handbook of Interactionism , Routledge International Handbooks , Routledge, London, pp. 425-434.

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Symbolic interactionist research has long been associated with qualitative methods, and with ethnographic fieldwork in particular. This chapter outlines the basic principles that underpin such affinity, while acknowledging that there is no one-to-one correspondence between interactionism and any one research strategy. It is suggested that too much qualitative research and methodology has lost its fundamental sociological commitments. The relevance of interactionism therefore needs to be reasserted, It then goes on top discuss some of the ways in which ethnographic fieldwork has been ‘extended’. Those extensions include: extending ‘fields’ beyond face-to-face encounters, to incorporate virtual environments; extending the ethnographer’s gaze, by means of digital cameras and camcorders; extending the senses, through the development of sensory ethnography; extending the ethnographer through critical self-reflection; extending analysis and representation through multiple forms of non-traditional styles of writing and representation.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: vom Lehn, D, Ruiz-Junco, N and Gibson, W
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Publisher: Routledge
Series Name: Routledge International Handbooks
ISBN: 9780367227708 (hardback); 9780429276767 (ebook)
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Depositing User: EM Whitaker
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2021 08:42
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2022 02:30

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