Cultures, Politics, and Research Programs
An International Assessment of Practical Problems in Field Research
Edited by Uma Narula, W. Barnett Pearce
Routledge – 1990 – 264 pages
Series: Routledge Communication Series
A compilation of authoritative reports from seasoned researchers working in eight different countries on five continents, this volume examines the concept that conditions of local feasibility are constitutive of research practices not simply obstructions to the realization of an ideal. The result documents the effects of political and cultural factors on research projects and offers culturally sensitive researchers a wealth of practical knowledge.
"An intriguing aspect of this book is the revelation that communication research has no predetermined evolutionary path….The editors advocate treating practical problems in research not as impediments but as information, as 'part of the data.' This is both realistic and constructive advice."
"…contains a useful collection of articles revealing seldom taught difficulties of field research and should be a useful adjunct to reading in theory and methods courses."
—Journal of Communication
Contents: W.B. Pearce, U. Narula, "Practical Problems" and Research Methods. A. Brown, Practical Constraints in Social Field Research in the Caribbean. S.T. Kwame Boafo, E. Aryeetey, Practical Constraints in Social Field Research in Ghana. E.E. Sanchez-Ruiz, R. Fuentes-Navarro, Fieldwork Problems in Mexican Communication Research. Y. Ito, S. Kohei, Practical Problems in Field Research in Japan. U. Narula, Practical Constraints in Social Field Research in India. G.C. Chu, Survey Research in Developing Countries in Asia: Some Personal Experiences from 25 Years of Research. M. Jussawalla, Research Constraints in the Field for Communication Economics. J. Lewis, Quantity, Not Quality: Recent Trends in Attitudinal Research in Great Britain. C.A. Vivoni-Remus, M. Morgan, J.C. Gorlier, Problems in Conducting Survey Research on the Effects of Television in Argentina: A Case Study. R. Penman, D. Sless, Politics and Practice of Research in the Public Domain: A Case Study in Australia. W.B. Pearce, U. Narula, More Research Needs to Be Done.