"Every Women’s and Gender Studies student―and instructor―should read Transforming Scholarship. It provides practical advice for students’ transition from ‘everyone should take this course!’ to articulation of the personal and professional value of their degree, informed by the history and experiences of Women’s and Gender Studies students and professionals. There should be a copy of this great resource in every Women's Center."
― Jeannie Ludlow, Women’s Studies, Eastern Illinois University
"This work would be a stellar accomplishment by any seasoned scholar. That this is Berger's sociological 'debut' . . . is impressive and bodes well for future research into gender, inequality and deviance."
– Tammy L. Anderson, Theoretical Criminology
Winner of the 2005 Best Book Award in Intersectionalities: Race, Gender, Ethnicity and Politics Category; Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association
An extremely valuable collection that captures the spirit of this emerging, important, and exciting field of study.
–Patricia Hill Collins, University of Maryland
Gaining access is a critical part of doing research, not only because one must 'get in' in order to gain information, but also because the quality of access affects what information is available to the researcher. Despite its importance, the literature on qualitative methods has not yet provided an extensive treatment of this issue. Gaining Access fills the void by offering useful, prescriptive advice on how to successfully enter different field settings for interviewing and observation. The detailed methodological guidelines presented by the authors are reinforced in a set of case studies by expert researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds on a wide variety of formal and informal settings, from working with ethnic minorities in Bosnia to studying prisons, sex workers, welfare offices, and the clergy. This book will provide useful ideas to experienced qualitative researchers as well as invaluable advice to novices conducting their first study.