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Author Dendere, Chipo, author

Title Using semi-structured ethnographic interviews to study politically sensitive topics with immigrant populations / Chipo Dendere
Published London : SAGE Publications Ltd, 2019
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Series SAGE Research Methods. Cases
SAGE Research Methods. Cases
Summary This case study describes semi-structured ethnographic interviews conducted between 2012 and 2013, with 300 Zimbabwean immigrants in four countries. Immigrant populations are vulnerable populations; they face multiple challenges in host countries and are unlikely to respond to anonymous surveys online or over the phone. In addition, this case study discusses strategies for handling politically sensitive topics and navigating being a part of the community that you are studying. I am both Zimbabwean and an immigrant, and this dual identity had an impact on my work. The goal of the study was to investigate the impact of voter exit via emigration on the survival of long-serving regimes. Long-serving regimes are political parties that win elections and dominate politics for three decades or more. The country case study for this project was Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has been ruled by the same political party, the Zimbabwe African National Union—Patriotic Front, since 1980. The dominance of Zimbabwe African National Union—Patriotic Front is a puzzle because the party has survived high inflation and competition from a strong opposition party
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Immigrants -- Political activity -- Case studies
Interviewing in ethnology -- Case studies
Research -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Case studies
Zimbabweans -- Case studies
Immigrants -- Political activity.
Interviewing in ethnology.
Research -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1526495554