Article by Agata Lisiak on fieldwork and fashion in FQS

The article "Fieldwork and Fashion: Gendered and Classed Performances in Research Sites" by faculty member Dr. Agata Lisiak was recently published in FQS (Vol. 16, No. 2 / 2015), a peer-reviewed multilingual journal for qualitative research.

n the article, Dr. Lisiak starts from the observation that, in the field, researchers are watched and judged by the respondents based on their appearance and demeanour. While many factors that determine the performance in the field are not under the researchers’ control, outfit, she argues, is one of the few that are, and the implications of a reseacher’s choice of clothes are most relevant for the very reflection on the framework in which fieldwork is carried out. The act of getting dressed for fieldwork reveals a researcher’s assumptions regarding the respondents’ class, gender and ethnicity, as well as regarding her own. 

FQS is a tri-annual publication established in 1999 that focuses on empirical studies conducted using qualitative methods, and on the theory, methodology and application of qualitative research. 

You can read the article here