Doing Research in a Cross-Cultural Context: Methodological and Ethical Challenges

  • Pranee Liamputtong
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 34)


Conducting cross-cultural research is rife with methodological and ethical challenges. Researchers are challenged with many issues when carrying out their research with people in cross-cultural arenas. This chapter serves to set the scene of this book and points to several salient issues in doing research in cross-cultural settings. I aim firstly to provide discussion on the essence of cultural sensitivity in cross-cultural research. I will then discuss matters relating to language issues and the use of bicultural researchers in cross-cultural research. I shall suggest strategies to gain access to research participants in cross-cultural research. Lastly, I will examine moral and ethical issues in cross-cultural research, and discuss the thorny subject of informed consent in cross-cultural research.

Cross-cultural research Ethical challenge Methodological challenge Language issue Bi-cultural researcher Accessing research participant Moral issue Informed consent Trust and rapport 


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  1. 1.School of Public HealthLa Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia

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