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Title:Livelihoods Research: Transcending Boundaries of Time and Space
Author:Murray, ColinISNI
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Geographic terms:Tanzania
South Africa
Orange Free State
Subjects:research methods
household budget
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/823428
Abstract:This article discusses some practical examples of livelihoods research that, while recognizing the importance of longitudinal work, are based on combinations of established methods such as large or small-scale sample surveys and varieties of 'participatory' research. The author suggests that these methods may not be adequate, in themselves, to comprehend diverse livelihoods that straddle the boundaries between different geographical spaces or conventionally discrete economic sectors. The author's own experience of livelihoods research in the Free State, South Africa, through the 1990s leads him to identify the 'dispersed intensive' method of microlevel investigation as essential in some circumstances and potentially useful in other circumstances, both by contrast with, and as a complement to, the established methods. He illustrates his argument through a series of case studies: combined research methods were used in three villages in Tanzania in the late 1990s, in Nepal and India, in Lesotho through the 1990s, and in Qwaqwa (Free State, South Africa). Notes, ref., sum. (Journal abstract, edited)