Redmond, M., 2003. Cultural and ethical challenges in cross-national research: Reflections on a European Union study on child and youth migration. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 2 (4), pp. 1-21.
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The increasing development of pan-national and supra-national institutions and ‘states’ such as the European Union implies that comparative cross-national research will become both a more frequent and fruitful research exercise. After all there is the assumption that data will be consistent and easily available thought policy contexts are increasingly shared and co-terminous. However this may not always be the case. Reflecting on a European Union and Nuffield Foundation project which considered the experience of migrant children and conducted in Greece, Portugal, Sweden and the UK, the author highlights that as with any study concerning childhood and youth qualitative and quantitative methodologies remain ‘culture-bound’. Tracing examples from the developing sociology of childhood this article suggests that in as much as we recognise the cultural specificity of childhood so too must we acknowledge that research methodologies are a product of and embedded within particular national/cultural contexts. It concludes that even at the fundamental level of analysing data culture ethics and research methodology are closely interconnected and cannot easily be separated into discrete universally understood categories.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Migrant children; Childhood, Youth Migration; Culture; Methodology; Cross-national research|
|Subjects:||Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Social Work and Social Policy|
|Deposited By:||Mr Adam Field|
|Deposited On:||10 Oct 2007|
|Last Modified:||07 Mar 2013 14:44|
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