chapter  1
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Thinking through fieldwork

ByJudith Okely

Each discipline retains its different historical approaches to methodology. Within sociology there appears to be a widespread association of participant observation with the theoretical perspective of symbolic interactionism (Hammersley and Atkinson 1983, Silverman 1985).1 By contrast, the research material gathered by anthropologists can be placed in as many of the

theoretical perspectives as there exist in both the social sciences and, if relevant, the humanities.