The conduct of research
What is research?
What is a ‘researcher’?
Images of sociology and the sociologist
Research roles and researcher characteristics
RESEARCH STYLES, ROLES AND CONTEXTS
The status and stance of styles of research
How important is being a researcher to you?
Where do research topics come from?
Networking: research as market/research as friendship
The search for funds
The research proposal
Innovation in research
Competing research roles
Research and ‘emotional labour’
THE ‘EMOTIONAL’ ASPECTS OF RESEARCH
‘Reflexivity’ and the research experience
Everyday life skills in research
Working with others in research
Dealing with anxiety and stress
The researcher’s self in research
Sociological imagination and research practice
Early days in research
Entering research contexts
Reasons to research
The PhD experience
The researcher as interpreter/theorist
INTERPRETATION IN RESEARCH
The research diary
Data, and yet more data
Organising interpretations and new ideas
Academic writing as a genre
New writing practices and representation
Writing and relations with others
Research autobiographies and auto/ethnography
The researcher account and ‘confessions’
Writing up the research
Writing for an audience
What is ‘research dissemination’?
Dissemination and audience issues
The doctoral thesis
The research report and briefing
The conference paper
Articles in books and journals
Books – proposals and publishers
Reactions to research dissemination
REACTIONS TO RESEARCH
‘Self’ and audience reactions to research
Feedback on journal article submission
End of the ‘adventure’ – what next?
WHAT NEXT IN MY RESEARCH?
Academic labour and its organisation
Rewriting the CV
The researcher’s life/life as research career – in academia?
Researcher experience in research
Researcher experience and the emotions
Researcher insights and reflections
Orientations to the researched revisited
Conclusion: the researcher’s experience of research