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How to decide on Research Methodology in research on Indigenous Tribes?

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Indigeneous Research, Research ethics, Research Methodology | 2 comments

Hello! I am a PhD student of Sociology, my research investigates the Penan people, a nomadic indigenous community that remains to be hunters and gatherers. My research, studies the impact that widespread deforestation has left on dozens of Penan families, with no other choice but to flee their ancestral homes. Once displaced, these hunter-gatherer tribes, who had lived in harmony with the rainforest of Malaysia for thousands of years, found themselves without a livelihood. My research also studies the effects of having to adopt new means of livelihood, within the community. In order to study this phenomenon, my research guide has been insisting on conducting interviews of the Penan people. Even though I have read sufficiently about the ethical responsibilities that needs to be considered while conducting interviews with indigenous communities. However I am still perplexed in using interviews as the mode of communication (since it would require help of a translator). I would appreciate if someone could suggest any other appropriate ways to approach such a closely knit community that is far from the modernized idea of sociology and anthropology. So that this exercise would not just be a version of elitist journalism but would allow me a good glimpse in the lives of the...

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Designing Research Question

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Research Methodology | 1 comment

Selection of a research topic may seem to be tough, but boiling down that research topic into specific research questions calls for expertise in that field. Many researchers fail to pinpoint their specific research questions out of their broad research agenda. Expert assistance in this case is required, especially to find out the proper literature on that topic, so that the research gap can be significant enough, so as the probable research contribution. If you are facing any problem regarding finalizing your research questions and you need some expert assistance regarding literature, you can browse through the pages of and meet the domain...

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