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The normative trap in ethnopolitical research


Bochsler, Daniel; Schläpfer, Basil (2016). The normative trap in ethnopolitical research. Ethnopolitics, 15(5):493-496.

Abstract

Research on ethnic politics deals with politically and socially highly sensitive issues. In this rejoinder, we discuss how research should deal with political and social norms in this field. We agree with Cooley and Mujanovic that researchers should be aware of political and social norms, should try to avoid possible biases, and discuss how their data and results might influence politics and the public debate. We warn against any practice that would lead to self-censorship of research results that conflict with the dominant normative views of scholars or society.

Abstract

Research on ethnic politics deals with politically and socially highly sensitive issues. In this rejoinder, we discuss how research should deal with political and social norms in this field. We agree with Cooley and Mujanovic that researchers should be aware of political and social norms, should try to avoid possible biases, and discuss how their data and results might influence politics and the public debate. We warn against any practice that would lead to self-censorship of research results that conflict with the dominant normative views of scholars or society.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:10 Jan 2017 09:19
Last Modified:29 Jan 2017 07:19
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1744-9057
Additional Information:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ethnopolitics on 16 Jun 2016, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17449057.2016.1190158.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/17449057.2016.1190158
Related URLs:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17449057.2016.1190158 (Publisher)

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