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Doing Cross-Cultural Research

Ethical and Methodological Perspectives

Liamputtong, Pranee (Ed.)

2008, XXXI, 310 p.

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  • Focuses on doing research in different cross-cultural settings
  • Examples are drawn from different disciplines including health and social sciences
  • Examines methodological, ethical, political and practical issues in cross-cultural research
  • Written in an easy-to-read style
  • Provision of further reading and critical exercises in each chapter

Conducting cross-cultural research is rife with methodological, ethical and moral challenges. Researchers are challenged with many issues in carrying out their research with people in cross-cultural arenas. In this book, I attempt to bring together salient issues for the conduct of culturally appropriate research. The task of undertaking cross-cultural research can present researchers with unique opportunities, and yet dilemmas. The book will provide some thought-provoking points so that our research may proceed relatively well and yet ethical in our approach. The subject of the book is on the ethical, methodological, political understanding and practical procedures in undertaking cross-cultural research. The book will bring readers through a series of questions: who am I working with? What ethical and moral considerations do I need to observe? How should I conduct the research which is culturally appropriate to the needs of people I am researching? How do I deal with language issues? How will I negotiate access? And what research methods should I apply to ensure a successful research process? The book is intended for postgraduate students who are undertaking research as part of their degrees. It is also intended for researchers who are working in cross-cultural studies and in poor nations.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Cultural Studies - Methodologie - cross-cultural research - immigrant health - qualitative research methodology - researching vulnerable populations - womens' health

Related subjects » Social Sciences - Wellbeing & Quality-of-Life

Table of contents 

Preface, Pranee Liamputtong. - Acknowledgement. Contributors.- Part I: Introduction and Conceptual Framework. 1. Doing Research in a Cross-Cultural Context: Methodological and Ethical Challenges; Pranee Liamputtong.- 2. Language and Communication in Cross-Cultural Qualitative Research; Monique M. Hennink.- 3. The Researcher as Insider Versus the Researcher as Outsider: Enhancing Rigour through Language and Cultural Sensitivity; Fiona Irvine, Gwerfyl Roberts and Caroline Bradbury-Jones.- 4. Respecting Culture: Research with Rural Aboriginal Community; Jennene Greenhill and Kerry Dix.- 5. Kaupapa Mäori Research, Supervision and Uncertainty: 'What's a Pakeha Fella to Do?'; Clive C. Pope.- Part 2: Ethical and Methodological Perspectives. 6. Researching Anger in Indigenous Men in Prison: A Perspective from Non-Indigenous Researchers; Linda Davy and Andrew Day.- 7. Researching Refugees: Methodological and Ethical Considerations; Robert Schweitzer and Zachary Steel.- 8. The Ethics and Politics of Researching HIV/AIDS Within the School Context in South Africa; Labby Ramrathan. 9. Exploring Ethical Issues When Using Visual Tools in Qualitatitve Research; Doria Daniels.- Part 3: Methodological Consideration. 10. Decolonised Methodologies in Cross-Cultural Research; April Vannini and Coreen Gladue.- 11. 'Living on the Ground': Research which Sustains Living Culture; Zohl dé Ishtar.- 12. Researching With Aboriginal Men: A Desert Experience; Brian F. McCoy.- 13. Creating Collaborative Visions with Aboriginal Women: A Photovoice Project; Carolyn Brooks, Jennifer Poudrier and Roanne Thomas-MacLean.- 14. Participatory Photography in Cross-Cultural Research: A Case Study of Investigating Farmer Groups in Rural Mozambique; Elisabeth Gotschi, Bernhard Freyer and Robert Delve.- 15. On the Use of Focus Groups in Cross-Cultural Research; Erminia Colucci.- 16. Let's Tell You a Story: Use of Vignettes in Focus Group Discussions on HIV/AIDS Among Migrant and Mobile Men in Goa, India; Ajay Bailey.- 17. Face-to-Face Versus Online Focus Groups in Two Different Countries: Do Qualitative Data Collection Strategies Work the Same Way in Different Cultural Contexts?; Guendalina Graffigna, Albino Claudio Bosio and Karin Olson.- 18. Refining the Occupation of Research Across Cultures; Anne Shordike, Clare Hocking, Soisuda Vittayakorn, Wannipa Bunrayong, Phuanjai Rattakorn, Valerie Wright St.-Clair and Doris Pierce.

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