Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Health and Social Research in Multiethnic Societies

Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Health and Social Research in Multiethnic Societies

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Health and Social Research in Multiethnic Societies Nazroo J (ed) (2006) Routledge, London; ISBN 0-415-39366-3; PB; xii + 218 pages; AUD 20.99

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BARBARA LONBAKEN

Associate Dean for Student Wellness & Director of Student Health Service

North Dakota State University

Fargo, North Dakota

This book addresses the methodological issues related to research on ethnicity. The authors identify the gap between good intentions and actual practice in research, and present solutions to the reader. An underlying theme of the book is that a principle reason for research related to multicultural societies is to improve the status quo researchers desire a positive outcome for the end users.

In this edited book of readings, three themes emerge from the issues presented by the contributors: (1) exclusion and inclusion; (2) the effectiveness and relevance of research techniques; and (3) the political and ethical dimensions of data collection and their implications.

In the first theme, authors stress the importance of appropriately measuring ethnicity and race, especially as it relates to planning and service delivery. Moving from exclusion to inclusion involves collaborating with and understanding the worldviews of users and not labeling minority ethnic groups as 'other' and the 'white' majority as mainstream. The function of research becomes that of informing policy and practice and, ultimately, improving the health inequalities that persist in relation to multiculturalism. …

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