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Let them feed him biscuits: doing fieldwork in Fiji with the Family


Johnston, I, Let them feed him biscuits: doing fieldwork in Fiji with the Family, Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, 16, (1) Article 17. ISSN 1438-5627 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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Embarking on fieldwork in a country and culture that is foreign to oneself will always present challenges alongside the wonderful learning opportunities. Bringing the family along for the ride increases both sides of that equation. This narrative article reflects on the experiences of staying on a remote island in Fiji for social science fieldwork. It looks at the issue of cross-cultural research, and the impacts of the presence of the researcher's family. There are many issues to consider, and changes from what may be a usual research practice, and the presence of the family impacts upon every stage of the research.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fieldwork; family;reflexivity; crosscultural;remote island; Pacific
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Johnston, I (Dr Ingrid Johnston)
ID Code:105488
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-01-06
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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