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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, vol. 8, no. 2 , pp. 113-123 .

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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
Authors/Creators:Yang, GY and Le, T
Keywords: Qualitative research, social context, China.
Journal or Publication Title: Qualitative Research Journal
ISSN: 1443-9883
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