In this month’s segment of Unorthodoxy with Witch Zaftig, I discuss conducting fieldwork in the social sciences. The discussion includes generalized comments on research, but centers on my own fieldwork in the Church of Satan itself, and how to address all that that entails: ethics boards, protocols, consent forms, recruiting, data collecting and storing, confidentiality, and the challenges of navigating fieldwork with humans.
For more information check out this chapter, “The Ethics of Social Research.”
There are many books for further study, but here are two:
For the beginner: Ethnographic Fieldwork: A Beginner’s Guide.
For the more advanced: The Handbook of Social Research.
Original air-date December 27, 2015.