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In: The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology

Chapter 4: Challenges of Comparative Survey Research

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Challenges of Comparative Survey Research
Challenges of comparative survey research
Timothy P. JohnsonMichael Braun

The origins of comparative survey research date back to the late 1940s (Smith, 2010). From those earliest experiences, the dangers of uncritically exporting social science research methodologies to new cultures and social environments were quickly recognized (c.f., Buchanan and Cantril, 1953; Duijker and Rokkan, 1954; Wallace and Woodward, 1948–1949; Wilson, 1958). Over the ensuing decades, the research literature began to demonstrate increasing awareness of both the opportunities and challenges of comparative survey research (Bulmer and Warwick, 1993; Casley and Lury, 1981; Cicourel, 1974; Frey, 1970; Przeworski and Teune, 1970; Tessler et al., 1987; van de Vijver and Leung, 1997; van Deth, (2013 [1998]). Today, the importance of comparative survey research is reflected ...

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