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.

Subjectivity in Qualitative Research

Subjectivity in Qualitative Research

Subjectivity in qualitative research
Vicente Handa

The presence of subjectivity is an accepted assumption about qualitative research. In this chapter, I examine the nature of subjectivity – its definition, source, and impact on research studies. I also discuss how the positions of researchers vary with regard to the nature of subjectivity, depending on their epistemological stance and theoretical research perspective. In studies involving the individual and social construction of meanings typical of interpretivist qualitative research, researchers should examine their personal biases and subjective positions in order to highlight the emic voice of research participants and manage the impact of subjectivity on the research process. However, in radical, emancipatory, and critical qualitative studies typical of the subjectivist epistemological ...

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