This autobiographical analysis of the many difficult issues, dilemmas, choices, and adjustments involved in becoming a social scientist highlights the strengths and limitations of two principal research methods: survey research and participant observation. It emphasizes how these research methods are actually experienced, in contrast to how they are ideally described in texts.

chapter 1|49 pages

Encountering the World of Sociology

chapter 2|76 pages

The Ritual of Survey Empiricism

chapter 3|69 pages

Dilemmas of Participant Observation

chapter 4|45 pages

The Stress of Detached Fieldwork

chapter 6|44 pages

Analysis of the Team Fieldwork Experience