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Jorge Delva, Paula Allen-Meares, and Sandra L. Momper

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195382501

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382501.001.0001

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Cross-Cultural Research

Jorge Delva

Paula Allen-Meares

Sandra L. Momper

Oxford University Press

We conclude the book by summarizing the numerous experiences presented in the book of culturally appropriate implementation of various methods that social work researchers and those in allied disciplines may utilize to conduct research in the United States and internationally. We note that some of these projects rely on a more emic perspective, others take an etic approach, and yet others utilize a combination of these. We purposely decided to offer readers an approach to conduct research, one that emphasized being sensitive to the individual without relying on broad statements about groups. We believe this “tailoring” approach and the examination of multiple identities are more informative than one that relies on overly broad and potentially inaccurate generalizations about people that take on essentialist (i.e., static or unchanging) characteristics and that consider single identities.

Keywords:   multiple identities, intersectionality, emic–etic continuum, culture as fluid and dynamic

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