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Researching ′race′ And Ethnicity: Methods, Knowledge and Power

Researching ′race′ And Ethnicity: Methods, Knowledge and Power

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′Gunaratnam′s framework is rich in its examination and synthesis of approaches to the study of race... the reward for the reader who does pick up the book is that the author deftly articulates the complicated view of research on race first from the quantitative perspective and then skilfully moves the reader to issues of race in qualitative research′ - Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism

′This is a welcome book for those engaged in policy and empirical work with an active research agenda... there is a level of theoretical sophistication in the text which is often missing from texts concerned with methods in this area′ - Race Relations Abstracts

The particular value of this book to readers lies in the discussion of race, ethnicity and research issues within a political and social context. The author states her intention to explore some of the theoretical and practical dilemmas of researching race and ethnicity. This is, without question, achieved. I recommend it as essential reading for those concerned with increasing their awareness of issues relating to race, ethnicity and research practice′ - Nurse Researcher

′This is a thought-provoking and challenging book which demonstrated the fractured and fluid nature of difference and power in the research process. Importantly it offers a guide to the ways in which research can be effectively and productively used in challenging the status quo′ - Diversity in Health and Social Care

Researching Race′ and Ethnicity provides an innovative discussion of the methodological, epistemological and ethical challenges of doing qualitative research that is informed by questions of race′, ethnicity and social difference. By identifying and challenging categorical thinking′ and many longstanding assumptions about the meanings of race′ and ethnicity, the author gets to the heart of many of the everyday dilemmas and difficulties that researchers confront in the field, but are rarely theorised or openly discussed.

Yasmin Gunaratnam′s insistence that race′ and ethnicity are a significant part of all qualitative research, and are not the specialist′ concerns of those whose work is explicitly focussed upon race′, provokes a radical rethinking of current methological debates. How do racial and ethnic categories inform our approaches to research? How does the racialised indentity of the researcher and the research participants affect the research interaction and the knowledge that we produce? What are the assumptions that are made about racialised subjectivity and inter-subjectivity? How can we make sense of accounts in which race′ and ethnicity are silent or are non-manifest? How can we work ethically across difference?

In examining these and other questions, the wide-ranging discussions in the book are animated by examples drawn from the author′s ethnographic research with white and minoritized research participants. Through these examples readers will be able to engage with some of the complexities of research relationships, power relations and ethical concerns about engagement, disconnection and complicity in research. The attention that the book gives to the excluded experiences of minoritized researchers will be of particular value to many readers.

Researching Race′ and Ethnicity is essential reading for students and academics in the social sciences.

Author: Yasmin Gunaratnam
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Published: 09/03/2003
Pages: 224
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.87lbs
Size: 9.48h x 6.72w x 0.52d
ISBN: 9780761972877

About the Author
Gunaratnam, Yasmin: - I joined the Department in 2008. Before that I was involved in research, teaching and training in Higher Education and in the voluntary sector. I have worked for the Open University, Southampton University and the University of Central Lancashire. My undergraduate degree in sociology is from the London School of Economics, where I also completed my PhD (Department of Social Policy). I am particularly interested in knowledge transfer and participative methodologies as they relate to both research and teaching (giving recognition to what we learn and how from students and colleagues).

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