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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-17, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International, http://www.qualityresearchinternational.com/socialresearch/

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 2 January, 2017 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2017.

 

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Field


core definition

Field in social research refers to the setting in which the research is undertaken.


explanatory context

When field research involves direct observation, in-depth interviews, etc. it is referred to as fieldwork.

 

A field in information technology refers to a category in a file record. It is a cell in a database. A single field (or data item) contains the value of a specific attribute of an entity occurrence (or data item value).

 

Field also refers to field of study, or subject discipline.


analytical review

The McGraw-Hill (2004) Sociological Theory site Glossary defines 'field' as:

A network of relations among the objective positions in a social situation. (Bourdieu)


associated issues

 


related areas

See also

Researching the Real World Section 3


Sources

McGraw-Hill, 2004, Sociological Theory: Glossary , available at http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072817186/student_view0/glossary.html, accessed 14 May 2013, page not available 20 December 2016.


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