Qualitative research is growing in Asia and globally. In an Asian context, this requires an awareness of a completely different set of norms, practices, and expectations than those covered by books from a western perspective. This handbook truly celebrates these differences. Spanning the full research process, from philosophy and ethics to design and methods and through data collection, management, analysis, and dissemination, it focuses specifically on the practicalities needed to conduct effective and culturally responsive research in the Asian context. This handbook extends beyond researchers actually in Asia and also speaks to researchers working with Asian participants, researching in Asian immigrant neighbourhoods, and studying the larger global topics like socioeconomic challenges, climate change, or technological advancement. This is the first book to focus specifically on qualitative research in the Asian context and includes diverse contributors from Asia such as the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, India, Oman, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong, and from other continents such as North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. Section 1: Foundations of Qualitative Research in Asia; Section 2: Qualitative Research Designs; Section 3: Best Practices in Dealing with Qualitative Research Data; and Section 4: Other Qualitative Research Topics.

Documentary Research in the Asian Context

Documentary Research in the Asian Context

Documentary research in the asian context
Diói Cruz

This chapter discusses how documentary research can be used as a design in qualitative research. Unlike case study, phenomenology, narrative inquiry, and some others, documentary research may not have been commonly used by researchers. Some scholars have expressed doubts regarding its relevance because of its use of “old” data. In this chapter, I present documentary research as a design that researchers can use to answer questions and resolve some issues. Further, I want to show that, like other research methods, this design also requires strict compliance with the standards of academic professional ethics and procedures of quality control.

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