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ERIC Number: EJ803997
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
"The Times They Are a Changing": Undertaking Qualitative Research in Ambiguous, Conflictual, and Changing Contexts
Kacen, Lea; Chaitin, Julia
Qualitative Report, v11 n2 p209-228 Jun 2006
This article explores qualitative research issues that arise when researchers engage in study within their own ambiguous, unstable, conflictual, and rapidly changing society. We explore the topics of the relationship between the researcher and the context, the difficulty in choosing relevant research questions under such conditions, and the relevance of generalizing or transferring findings from such contexts to other sites and populations. We present two research cases from the Israeli context: one that demonstrates an external conflict (between Israelis and Palestinians) and one that demonstrates an internal conflict (between Israelis and Israelis), analyzing them according to these three main issues. Our conclusions focus on the methodological implications that researching one's ambiguous and conflictual "backyard" have for qualitative researchers. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Israel; Palestine