Qualitative Methodology in Unfamiliar Cultures: Relational and Ethical Aspects of Fieldwork

Christian Franklin Svensson

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    This case study discusses qualitative fieldwork in Malaysia. The trends in higher education led to investigating how and why young Indians and Chinese in Malaysia are using the university to pursue a life strategy. Given the importance of field context in designing and analysing research based on a qualitative methodology, conscious reflection on research design and objectivity is important when doing fieldwork. This case study discusses such reflections. Emphasis throughout is given to applied qualitative methodology and its contributions to the social sciences, in particular having to do with relational, emotional, and ethical issues associated with interviewing and personal observation. Although the empirical setting of this case is Southeast Asia, the various discussions and interrelatedness of methodology, theory, and empirical reflections will prove applicable to field studies throughout the world
    TitelSAGE Research Methods Cases
    ForlagSAGE Publications
    Publikationsdatojul. 2014
    StatusUdgivet - jul. 2014


    • Methodology
    • qualitative case study
    • ethnographic fieldwork
    • relationship theory
    • Ethics

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