Researching 'Race' and Ethnicity: Methods, Knowledge and by Yasmin Gunaratnam

By Yasmin Gunaratnam

'Gunaratnam's framework is wealthy in its exam and synthesis of ways to the research of "race"… the gift for the reader who does choose up the ebook is that the writer deftly articulates the complex view of study on "race" first from the quantitative viewpoint after which skilfully strikes the reader to problems with "race" in qualitative examine' - reports in Ethnicity and Nationalism 'This is a welcome publication for these engaged in coverage and empirical paintings with an energetic study time table… there's a point of theoretical sophistication within the textual content that's usually lacking from texts inquisitive about tools during this sector' - Race relatives Abstracts `The specific price of this e-book to readers lies within the dialogue of "race", ethnicity and examine matters inside a political and social context. the writer states her purpose to discover the various theoretical and sensible dilemmas of discovering "race" and ethnicity. this is often, with out query, accomplished. i like to recommend it as crucial analyzing for these fascinated about expanding their wisdom of concerns on the subject of race, ethnicity and examine perform' - Nurse Researcher 'This is a thought-provoking and tough booklet which proven the fractured and fluid nature of distinction and gear within the learn strategy. Importantly it bargains a consultant to the ways that examine may be successfully and productively utilized in hard the established order' - range in health and wellbeing and Social Care getting to know `Race' and Ethnicity presents an leading edge dialogue of the methodological, epistemological and moral demanding situations of doing qualitative learn that's expert through questions of `race', ethnicity and social distinction. through settling on and tough `categorical considering' and plenty of longstanding assumptions concerning the meanings of `race' and ethnicity, the writer will get to the guts of a number of the daily dilemmas and problems that researchers confront within the box, yet are not often theorised or overtly mentioned. Yasmin Gunaratnam's insistence that `race' and ethnicity are an important a part of all qualitative examine, and aren't the `specialist' issues of these whose paintings is explicitly focussed upon `race', provokes an intensive rethinking of present methological debates. How do racial and ethnic different types tell our methods to analyze? How does the racialised indentity of the researcher and the study contributors have an effect on the examine interplay and the information that we produce? What are the assumptions which are made approximately racialised subjectivity and inter-subjectivity? How do we make experience of money owed during which `race' and ethnicity are silent or are non-manifest? How will we paintings ethically throughout distinction? In studying those and different questions, the wide-ranging discussions within the booklet are lively by way of examples drawn from the author's ethnographic study with white and minoritized study members. via those examples readers should be in a position to have interaction with a few of the complexities of analysis relationships, energy kin and moral matters approximately engagement, disconnection and complicity in study. the eye that the publication offers to the excluded reviews of minoritized researchers may be of specific worth to many readers. learning `Race' and Ethnicity is vital analyzing for college students and lecturers within the social sciences.

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Researching 'Race' and Ethnicity: Methods, Knowledge and Power

'Gunaratnam's framework is wealthy in its exam and synthesis of ways to the research of "race"… the present for the reader who does choose up the booklet is that the writer deftly articulates the complex view of analysis on "race" first from the quantitative point of view after which skilfully strikes the reader to problems with "race" in qualitative learn' - reports in Ethnicity and Nationalism 'This is a welcome e-book for these engaged in coverage and empirical paintings with an lively learn time table… there's a point of theoretical sophistication within the textual content that's usually lacking from texts enthusiastic about tools during this zone' - Race family Abstracts `The specific price of this publication to readers lies within the dialogue of "race", ethnicity and examine matters inside a political and social context.

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I argue that attention to ambiguities of meaning can provide researchers with valuable analytic and ethical insights into the nature and the negotiation of social, interactional and biographical difference in research encounters. The discussion is based upon the analysis of an insecurity of meaning from a qualitative interview with a working-class, black, African-Caribbean man 'Edwin', who had prostate cancer. Through this discussion, I make explicit an interpretive process based upon movements of contextualizing, de-contextualizing and re-contextualizing ambiguous meanings.

The move is one which seeks to outstrip systems and processes of categorization and through this process breaks down the possibilities of categorization itself. I am aware that all of this can sound 'good' but idealistic and abstract, in a way that can seem far removed from the 'reality' of research and every­ day life. What does it mean for the way we do research and how we approach 'race' and ethnicity in the projects we are involved with? How can we move towards a dynamic analytic practice, when we also have to define and fix the meanings of 'race' and ethnicity in order to do empiri­ cal research?

98) . ' (p. 98). Drawing upon her own research, Bhavnani describes how she avoided reinscribing the young people within dominant representations as 'politi­ cally apathetic', by refusing to take their views about politicS at face value, and by using the narrative links made by the young people within their accounts as a way of understanding how they positioned themselves in relation to wider social discourses about political opinions. How Bhavnani did this can be seen in following extract: Working With and Against Racial Categories The suggestion was implied by many of the interviewees that their views about, for example, the Labour Party were not legitimate because the speaker did not see her/himself as intelligent.

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