Research in Organisations and Communities: Tales from the Real World

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2
The EQUITY CASE
STUDY: 'IT'S NOT
a FLOWER SHOP
in HERE'

Carole Kayrooz


About the equity case study

The first case study, the equity case study, was chosen because it concerns a
researcher who is called in from the outside to analyse and to make recommen-
dations about a gender equity situation in a government department. This is at
once a sensitive and potentially difficult situation in which the researcher has to
quickly gather a team and achieve an outcome in a short timeframe. In positioning
this case study at the beginning of Section 2, we wish to remain true to our
word—we wish you to gain an appreciation of the complexity of research right
from the beginning. And, in accord with our cautions in Chapter 1, we hope that
you will remember to tolerate any confusion or frustration as you read through the
case study. The researchers themselves had to work in a comparable fashion and
move quite quickly in order to gain an understanding of the situation.

You will see as you read through the case study that this particular research was
challenging not only because of the sensitivity of the issues and limited time available

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