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Lau, Charles Q. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
This study investigates how an interviewer's characteristics affect how respondents answer survey questions about democracy and political engagement. I analyze data from the 2008 Afrobarometer surveys, in which 810 interviewers surveyed 27,713 respondents across 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Using these data, I study how interviewer…
Descriptors: Democracy, Foreign Countries, Citizen Participation, Political Attitudes
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Seehawer, Maren Kristin – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
In all parts of the world, researchers are addressing the colonial legacy of research. This article aims to contribute to the decolonisation of research in a sub-Saharan African context by exploring Ubuntu as an indigenous Southern African research paradigm. Drawing on lessons learnt from participatory action research with South African science…
Descriptors: African Culture, Indigenous Knowledge, Foreign Countries, Ethics
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Högbacka, Riitta – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
Researcher reflexivity, meaning the revealing of the researcher's assumptions and her position vis-à-vis those researched, has by now become commonplace. This article explores such issues in the context of a larger study of transnational adoption for which I conducted interviews with South African birth mothers as both a researcher/interviewer and…
Descriptors: Reflection, Mothers, Adoption, Research Methodology
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Stanley, Liz – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2015
The Whites Writing Whiteness project is concerned with changes to the racial order in South Africa over a long time-period and connects 'big numbers' and work on very large archive collections with close textual analysis of particular documents. It uses longitudinal data within a Qualitative Longitudinal Research methodological approach, combining…
Descriptors: Social Change, Whites, Program Descriptions, Archives