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…mehr
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.
Pranee Liamputtong is Personal Chair in Public Health at the School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Pranee has previously taught in the School of Sociology and Anthropology and worked as a public health research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Mothers' and Children's Health, La Trobe University. She has her particular interests on issues related to cultural and social influences on childbearing, childrearing and women's reproductive and sexual health. She has published several books and a large number of papers in these areas. Her three books on these issues have been used widely in health area: My 40 days: A cross-cultural resource book for health care professionals in birthing services (The Vietnamese Antenatal/Postnatal Support Project, 1993); Asian mothers, Australian birth (editor, Ausmed Publications, 1994); Maternity and reproductive health in Asian societies (editors, with Lenore Manderson, Harwood Academic Press, 1996). Her more recent books include: Asian mothers, Western birth (new edition of Asian mothers, Australian birth, Ausmed Publications, 1999); Living in a new country: Understanding migrants' heaslth (editor, Ausmed Publications, 1999); Among women and reprodcution (Bergin & Garvey, 2000); and Coming of age in South and Southeast Asia: Youth, courtship and sexuality (editors, with Lenore Manderson, Curzon Press and Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), 2002). Her most recent book in the health area is: Health, social change and communities (editors, with Heather Gardner, Oxford University Press, 2003). She has also recently completed a book on Thai women and Motherhood (to be published by Lexington Books); Becoming a Mother: A Cross-Cultural Perspective and Childbearing and Infant Care: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (both to be published byy Nova Science Publishers, New York). She is now working on Community, Health and Population (with Sansnee Jirojwong, to be published by Oxford University Press, Melbourne). Her research method book is titled Qualitatitve research methods: A health focus (with Douglas Ezzy, Oxford University Press, 1999, reprinted in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004); and the second edition of this book is titled Qualitative Research Methods (2005, reprinted 2005, 2006 twice). Pranee's new book is on the use of the Internet in qualitative research: Health Research in Cyberspace: Methodological, Practical and Personal Issues of Researching Online (Nova Sciences Publishers, New York, 2006). Her most recent book is titled Researching Vulnerable People: A Guide to Sensitive Research Methods (Sage, London, in press). She is now preparing a book on Knowing Differently: An Introductiono to Experiential and Arts-Based Research Methods, to be published by Noval Science Publishers, New York.
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.
From the reviews: "Useful for researchers who (plan to) conduct their studies among and with indigenous populations, minority and ethnic communities. ... serve as a valuable starting point for researchers pondering on the meaning and practical implications of informed consent in their research area. ... Overall, this compilation provides ample food for thought and concrete examples of interesting research projects for researchers who want to be reflexive on methodological, ethical and conceptual aspects of cross-cultural research and who want to be inspired to develop innovative research approaches." (Trudie Gerrits, Medische Antropologie, Vol. 22 (1), 2010)
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