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Conceptual clarity in international collaborations: A point of departure for policy-relevant research on discrimination

  • Anita J. Gagnon
  • Luciana Ruppenthal
  • Lisa Merry
  • Rhonda Small
  • Linda Ogilvie
  • Barbara Liegl
  • Deiter Schindlauer
  • James Frideres
  • Ather H. Akbari
  • Stephan Reichhold
  • Henry Mårtenson
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Abstract

A workshop was conducted as part of the International Metropolis Conference held in Vienna, Austria in September 2003. The Metropolis Project is meant to facilitate research in the area of migration that can optimally inform policy. In this context, a workshop was conducted with the objective of discussing how policy-relevant research on discrimination could be conducted internationally. Four broad areas were addressed: ‘key stakeholder’ involvement, obtaining ethical and other forms of approval, international, national and local funding opportunities, and qualitative and quantitative methodology and questionnaire development. Viewpoints represented included those of non-governmental organizations, researchers, health professionals, and policy-makers/implementers. Countries represented in the discussions included Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Key conceptual differences included how best to define discrimination, societal acknowledgement of discrimination, the meaning of ‘race’, ‘racism’, ‘national’, and ‘migrant’, and perceptions of national identity.

Key words

Discrimination International research Immigration Mots-clefs Recherche internationale 

Résumé

Un atelier a eu lieu dans le contexte de la Conférence internationale Metropolis à Vienne, en Autriche, tenue en septembre 2003. L’objectif du Projet Metropolis est de faciliter la recherche qui porte sur la migration et qui, de façon optimale, influence la formulation des politiques. Dans cette optique, un atelier a été mis sur pied pour discuter de la façon d’entreprendre, au niveau international, des recherches portant sur la discrimination et touchant l’élaboration de politiques. L’atelier a porté sur quatre domaines: l’implication des principales parties intéressées; l’obtention de l’approbation, éthique et autre; des sources potentielles de financement international, national et local; la méthodologie qualitative et quantitative, et l’élaboration de questionnaires. Parmi les points de vue représentés, notons ceux d’organisations non-gouvernementales, de chercheurs, de professionnels de la santé, de responsables politiques et de ceux qui mettent en oeuvre les politiques. L’Australie, l’Autriche, le Canada, l’Allemagne, la Norvège, la Suède, le Royaume-Uni et les États-Unis figuraient parmi les pays représentés. Des différences conceptuelles sont ressorties, dont la meilleure définition de la discrimination, la reconnaissance par la société de la discrimination, le sens de “race”, de “racisme”, de “ressortissant” et de “migrant”, et les perceptions touchant l’identité nationale.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anita J. Gagnon
    • 1
  • Luciana Ruppenthal
    • 1
  • Lisa Merry
    • 1
  • Rhonda Small
    • 2
  • Linda Ogilvie
    • 3
  • Barbara Liegl
    • 4
  • Deiter Schindlauer
    • 4
  • James Frideres
    • 5
  • Ather H. Akbari
    • 6
  • Stephan Reichhold
  • Henry Mårtenson
  1. 1.McGill UniversityCanada
  2. 2.La Trobe UniversityAustralia
  3. 3.University of AlbertaCanada
  4. 4.Institute of Conflict Research & ZARA-Zivilcourage und Anti-Rassismus-ArbeitAustria
  5. 5.University of CalgaryCanada
  6. 6.St. Mary’s UniversityUSA

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