Playing it by the rules: the politics of research in ‘race' and education

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This article offers an examination of the interplay between politics, ethics, theory and methodology as they impact upon social research, through a critical analysis of the ethnographic study conducted by Peter Foster. It will be argued that his highly contentious claim to have found no manifestations of racism (either direct or indirect) throughout his study of an inner-city, multi-ethnic comprehensive school was, in the last analysis, both misleading and inaccurate. It will be contended that such claims were based upon a research design and methodology which were ultimately determined by his own political orientation and the ethical and theoretical positions which he developed as a consequence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-148
Number of pages16
JournalBritish Educational Research Journal
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1992


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