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Tom W. Smith & Yang-chih Fu

In: The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology

Chapter 43: The Globalization of Surveys

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The Globalization of Surveys
The globalization of surveys
Tom W. SmithYang-chih Fu
INTRODUCTION

As both a product of and facilitator for globalization, survey research has been expanding around the world. Even before the invention and transmission of national and cross-national surveys, Western scholars and missionaries who visited other areas of the world often conducted or facilitated small-scale surveys in an effort to better understand the local societies. For example, even though the first nationwide survey in the most populous China was not implemented until 2004 by the Chinese General Social Survey, local social surveys had been carried out under the guidance of individual American scholars as early as 1917–1919 near Beijing (www.chinagss.org/; Han, 1997). The continued, more collective efforts helped grow into national surveys, not only in ...

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