Building Trust

Building Trust : Doing Research to Understand Ethnic Communities

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This book studies five ethnic communities_South Asian Americans, African Americans, Japanese Americans, Mexican Americans, and Samoan Americans_to understand how their members feel about being studied by researchers. Focusing on trust-building as a necessary process in doing good community research, this book offers the reader culturally sensitive methods to approach interaction and interviewing members of each of these unique, multifaceted ethnic communities.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 294.83g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739143506
  • 9780739143506

About Fumiko Hosokawa

Fumiko Hosokawa is chair of the Department of Sociology at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
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Table of contents

1 Table of Contents 2 Preface Chapter 3 1. Introduction Chapter 4 2. Basic Guidelines for Doing Fieldwork Chapter 5 3. Supervision and the Ethics of Doing Fieldwork Chapter 6 4. The Fieldwork Experience Chapter 7 5. Ethnic Groups and Communities Chapter 8 6. Southeast Asians and Vietnamese Chapter 9 7. African Americans Chapter 10 8. Japanese Americans Chapter 11 9. Mexican Americans Chapter 12 10. Samoan Americans Chapter 13 11. Building Trust Chapter 14 About the Author 15 Index
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Review quote

This unique book is designed to inform potential field researchers about the history of power and exploitation that characterizes many minority populations living in the US. Taking her 'back yard' as a trial ground, sociologist Hosokawa (California State Univ., Dominguez Hills) aptly reviews, briefly, the history of oppression and research exploitation of African Americans, Asian Americans, Mexican Americans, and Samoans. Given her unique location in southern California, she includes detailed accounts of several Asian groups, including Japanese Americans, Chinese Americans, Koreans, Filipino/as, Cambodians, Laotians (including Hmong), and Vietnamese. This is certainly a unique aspect to her book, which she readily admits is best used in tandem with other primary texts on field research. Hosokawa's purpose is to acquaint potential researchers with the pitfalls that may befall them when they enter minority communities with a history of oppression and exploitation. An excellent book for methods collections in the social and behavioral sciences and useful for US ethnic studies. Essential. CHOICE, November 2010
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