Enhancing the flow of meaning across cultural borders of mind and land

Date of publication: November 1, 1997


This paper examines some nine qualitative procedures intended to increase the meaningfulness of qualitative data obtained from diverse cultures. These devices are not new or unfamiliar. This paper makes a case for using these tools more deliberately and actively, so that practitioners think differently about when and why to apply them in multi-country research. Each procedure is briefly described, its usefulness examined, and suggestions made about when and why to use it. The contents of this paper have been based on observations at the receiving end of several multicultural projects in three countries of south and south east Asia. More importantly they are based on an insider's view of what it means to be Asian today, at a time of cultural change and transforming influences from the west’.

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