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The Frustrations and Future of Teaching Qualitative Methods to Researchers in the Arab World

Hania Sholkamy

This article discusses the current confusion surrounding qualitative methods in demographic and health research that prevails amongst young researchers in Arab countries. It presents the author’s reflections on years of train- ing researchers from the region in qualitative methods and the frustrations of differentiating between qualitative methods, qualitative methodology and anthropology in the midst of rising demands to produce a critical Arab social science.

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Understanding the Experiences of Ethnoculturally Diverse Boys

Healthy Relationships Approaches in Educational Settings

Caroline Claussen, Jordan Keough, Ceilidh McConnell, Stefan Lewis, and Deinera Exner-Cortens

research) with studies incorporating an intersectional perspective, and urge greater reliance on qualitative methods, as these methods are often more compatible with the language and intent of intersectionality ( Shields 2008 ; White 2009 ). Our research

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Anthropological Knowledge and Practice in Global Health

Rodney Reynolds and Isabelle L. Lange

kinds of potentially marginalising practices described above (as well as others not explicitly recounted here, such as reducing a set of fuller qualitative methods to only verbal and textual analysis). Even when offering careful and valuable accounts of

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Ebola and Accusation

Gender and Stigma in Sierra Leone’s Ebola Response

Olive Melissa Minor

Sierra Leone’s WaSH team. We used multiple qualitative methods to triangulate data. Data collection involved focus-group discussions (FGDs), in-depth interviews, participant observation and site visits to Peripheral Health Units (PHUs). 2 Interviews

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Educational Persistence in the Face of Violence

Narratives of Resilient Latino Male Youth

Adrian H. Huerta

Latino boys and young men often carry the debt of violence into different spaces. This invisible trauma manifests into disruptive behaviors in schools. It is well documented that violence in urban communities and schools has received significant attention from researchers, but little attention has been paid to Latino male youth as individuals and the various forms of violence they have experienced, and how that impacts educational persistence. This qualitative study focuses on 26 Latino male middle and high school students who are attending two continuation schools to understand the types of violence they have experienced and their educational aspirations after high school.

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The Role of the Reflexive Self in Mailer's Protests

Jon Dean

In The Armies of the Night (1968) and Miami and the Siege of Chicago (1968/2008) Norman Mailer details the exploits of the anti-Vietnam war protestors and his role in the protests. With an ethnographer’s eye for detail and a novelist’s eye for imagery, he constructs a picture of youthful fear and exuberance, a totalitarian reaction to protest, and documents an America which he realises is slowing eating itself. In these nonfi ction novels, he places himself at the centre of events, interpreting the data through his own frazzled, drink-fuelled, mischievous self. This article utilises Pierre Bourdieu’s methodological framework of refl exive sociology to both critically analyse Mailer as an ethnographer and qualitative researcher and ask whether inquiry into social protest can be adequately conducted through the autobiographical gaze of a novelist. It is argued that by using such literary resources and techniques, we can, in the spirit of C. Wright Mills, move to a more public sociology where literary techniques are valued, rather than dismissed as unscientific.

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‘Anthropological Enough?’

Reflections on Methodology, Challenges of Doing Fieldwork ‘At Home’ and Building a More Inclusive Discipline

Ryan I. Logan, Laura Kihlström, and Kanan Mehta


In this article, we discuss how fieldwork completed ‘at home’ in the USA presented challenges and resulted in our work being considered not ‘anthropological enough’. Centring our article around our individual projects for which primary data collection was completed prior to COVID-19, we explore a variety of issues related to methodology and structural constraints we experienced as graduate students in anthropology and now as junior scholars. Drawing on our experiences conducting research in the USA, we posit how anthropology might move forward in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and foster a more inclusive discipline. By challenging the notion of ‘anthropological enough’, we reimagine ways of conducting anthropology that are better suited for increasingly uncertain times, which call for collaborations rooted in social justice.

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Qualitative Research Synthesis

How the Whole Can Be Greater than the Sum of Its Parts

Hanne Riese, Benedicte Carlsen, and Claire Glenton

The rise of the knowledge society has led to an increase in the amount of research that is produced and an increased demand from decision makers for summaries of this research. As a result, research syntheses have become increasingly important in applied research, especially within the health sciences. However, this methodology has not been adopted with the same enthusiasm in the field of anthropology. In this article, we describe the main principles of this approach and the history of its development and discuss whether qualitative research synthesis can be seen as compatible with (the goal of) anthropological methodology. Finally, we argue for a greater adoption of research synthesis within applied anthropology and call for a greater engagement from anthropologists in the further development of this methodology.

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A Qualitative Study of Diverse Gay Masculinities

Jarrod Call

Male Same-Sex Relationships .” Traumatology 17 ( 2 ): 68 – 74 . Padgett , Deborah K. 2016 . Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research . SAGE Sourcebooks for the Human Services: vol. 36 . Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage Publications . Pederson

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Universal Values in Estonia, Finland and Sweden.

Åke Daun, Markku Verkasalo, and Toomas Niit

This cross-national study of values is based on Shalom Schwartz's psychological instrument. It can also be characterized as a cross-disciplinary project involving psychological and ethnological contributions. It further exemplifies one model of combining quantitative and qualitative methods. Its main purpose is to point at the research prospects of assessing similarities and differences in universal values, and how to account for the differences by relating them to various societal and historical aspects.