Field research, the collection of information outside a lab or workplace setting, requires skills and knowledge not typically taught in the classroom. Fieldwork demands exploratory inquisitiveness, empathy to encourage interviewees to trust the researcher, and sufficient aptitude to work professionally and return home safely. The Field Researcher's Handbook provides a practical guide to planning and executing fieldwork and presenting the results.
Based on his experience conducting field research in more than fifty countries and teaching others a holistic approach to field research, David J. Danelo introduces the skills new researchers will need in the field, including anthropology, travel logistics planning, body language recognition, interview preparation, storytelling, network development, and situational awareness. His time as a combat veteran in the US Marine Corps further enhances his knowledge of how to be observant and operate safely in any environment. Danelo also discusses ethical considerations and how to recognize personal biases. This handbook is intended for researchers in a variety of academic disciplines but also for government, think-tank, and private-sector researchers.
The book is published by Georgetown University Press.
"David Danelo has produced an insightful, step-by-step guide to professional fieldwork that artfully underscores the importance of the craft." (Tracy Dahlby, University of Texas at Austin)
"This book empowers readers with a clear path forward in their pursuit of knowledge." (Patrick Van Horne, Co-author of Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps' Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life)
"David Danelo is an extraordinary field researcher who has lived in the world about which he writes so eloquently. I strongly endorse his approach and research." (James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), former NATO Supreme Allied Commander)
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