A Question of Access: Metaphors of the Field

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This article takes a closer look at the issue of access by describing
the author’s process of access during an ethnographic study on
the home–school collaboration between Somali diaspora mothers
and teachers in Danish public schools. The article is structured
around metaphors of the field and unfolds as a progressive
narrative of these metaphors; field as landscape, field as labyrinth,
field as marketplace and field as coming to be. It is argued that
the field is not a place one can get into but rather a social world
comprised of people living their lives entangled with one another.
The process of negotiations of access is considered as much a
part of developing an understanding of the social world as more
formalised research practices such as participant observations and
interviewing. Furthermore, our understanding is created through
concrete participation as well as our exclusion from participation.
TidsskriftEthnography and Education
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)1-16
Antal sider16
StatusUdgivet - 2020


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