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Methodological approaches to studying immigrant communities: Why flexibility is important

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From the journal Communications


Since 9/11 it has become increasingly difficult to conduct primary research with Muslim migrant communities in Europe. In addition to the usual problems such as locating Muslim respondents that cross major demographic categories and preparing questions that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, the tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims that have followed violent incidents in Europe and North America have increased the likelihood of misunderstanding in the interview environment. This article addresses the management of methodological issues through examples taken from field work that took place among Turkish migrants in the Netherlands in 2006.

Published Online: 2007-08-20
Published in Print: 2007-06-19

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