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Research and policy in ethnic relationsCompromised dynamics in a neoliberal era$
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Charles Husband

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314899

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314899.001.0001

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In-group identity and the challenges of ethnographic research

In-group identity and the challenges of ethnographic research

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(p.79) Three In-group identity and the challenges of ethnographic research
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Research and policy in ethnic relations
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Yunis Alam

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447314899.003.0003

This chapter raises the issue of biography, identity and the negotiation of insider/outsider relationships between the researcher and research subjects. The challenges faced by an ‘engaged’ researcher are framed within an account of the development of race theory and the mechanisms of racialising human relations. This chapter by a highly accomplished ethnographer raises the question of the use of the concept of ‘objectivity’ in social science research , and underlines the ever-present role of historicity in informing current research practice and the formulation of ‘ policy relevant’ knowledge.

Keywords:   Ethnography, Objectivity, Integrity, Accountability, Insider (emic) research

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