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Cultural and political factors in conducting qualitative research in China

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Yang, GY and Le, T (2008) Cultural and political factors in conducting qualitative research in China. Qualitative Research Journal, 8 (2). pp. 113-123. ISSN 1443-9883

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Abstract

One of the main strengths of qualitative research is to focus on ideas, concepts and meanings involving individuals and groups of people in their own discourse. Instead of testing a narrow hypothesis or making a generalisation about a population on certain issues under investigation, qualitative research attempts to present different insights which can only be unearthed by direct and personal engagement with research participants (Brannen, 1992). This engagement should take place in a natural social context where real life takes place. However, conducting qualitative research in China can pose a huge challenge for both Chinese and international researchers. This paper examines some problems (ethics, linguistics, etc) of using qualitative research methods and tools such as interviews, participant observation, and Critical Discourse Analysis in China.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Qualitative research, social context, China.
Journal or Publication Title: Qualitative Research Journal
Page Range: pp. 113-123
ISSN: 1443-9883
Additional Information: © 2008 RMIT Publishing
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2009 02:46
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:55
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/8350
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