International Migration and Ethnic Relations, module Applied Methodology Exam

Discuss the measurement of one or more concepts in the research project
• Use relevant secondary data (quantitative as well as qualitative) to illustrate the extent, the proportions and volume of your research question.
• What are the advantages and disadvantages of using the data (primary as well as secondary) you have chosen to apply?

Its an exam on applied methodology in Migration and Ethnic Relations. the Masters Programm im taking is Culture – Communication – Globalization. its not sociology, but after chatting with the representatives of your agency, online, they suggested me the subject area of Sociology.
regarding the assiigment, as I get it its a hypothetical problem formulation and reasearch design. and of course, it is mandatory to support why. why choose this answer, why we use this material, why would we use these methods, etc,

Instructions :
The purpose of this assignment is to develop a research design and choose the strategy/strategies and method(s) for the research project outlined next page with a point of departure in the project outline and the problem formulation. As part of your assignment, consider the following questions:

What problem formulation would you apply?
Which research design will you apply?
• What material will you use? – Give examples.
• Which general set of methods or combination of methods do you find most suitable for answering your research questions?
• Which alternative research design(s) could you suggest?
• What kind of ethical questions do you see in your design?

What are the main concepts in the research project?
• Define and discuss them in your assignment.
• Elaborate as to what is included in the concepts – and what is not.
• Does the concept cover a position, a process – or somewhat else?
• Does the concept include a dichotomy – or just other forms of negations?

Project outline
Over recent years, more European countries have been starting to consider themselves as ‘multicultural societies’, a change that began with post-World War II labour migration. The proposed research will focus on policies of health sector organisations relevant to the provision of services and employment in multi-ethnic societies. The research will focus on the ways in which the organisation of the health system is adapted to the multicultural character of the society, and more specifically, the extent to which health sector organisations have adopted a ‘diversity management’ approach in theory and in practice.
This research will explore where anti-racist and anti-discrimination components come in the chronology of policy developments in the various case studies, whether they are under-prioritised, or whether they exist at all. There will be two main areas of particular interest to the research:
1. The treatment of migrants and minorities as patients within the health services
“The experience of those representing groups subject to discrimination is that health and social care services, designed for the majority, discriminate against minorities by failing to ensure that their special needs are recognised, understood and appropriately responded to.” (Pillinger 2003).
2. The employment of migrants and minorities within the health system
“There is under-representation from those groups that are the subject of discrimination within the ranks of senior professionals and managers within the public administration of health and social services.” (Pillinger 2003).
In response, health service organisations are increasingly experimenting with policies of cultural sensitivity and equality of opportunity, both for their clients and for their own employees, as well as with general measures against racial/ethnic discrimination at the workplace and in recruitment. In this context, the practice of diversity management is becoming particularly relevant. Diversity management is a rather more ambitious, all-encompassing policy than many of the more conventional approaches to equality in service delivery have been. Diversity management is an organisational approach which emphasises the need to recognise ethnic, cultural and other differences between groups of clients and employees and to make practical allowance for these in organisational policies, driven by the assumption that by doing this, the organisation will become more efficient in achieving its goals (Fischer 2009).
Whilst the main focus of the research will be on policies related to migrants and ethnic minorities, policies related to other groups, defined by gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, and so on, may also prove to be relevant areas of interest as these are also commonly covered by diversity management policies, alongside ethnicity. They are also relevant to inequality that might be found across more than one dimension, or to possible instances of multiple discrimination. For example, research has shown that ethnic minority disabled people may encounter particular barriers in access to health care (Shah and Priestley, 2001) and that there are specific cultural issues that can prevent ethnic minority communities accessing older peoples’ services (Pillinger, 2003).

references/ bibliography
The MAIN source/bibliography Alan Bryman, Social Research Methods, Oxford University Press. 2016. Chapter 3, 6, 26, 27, discourse analysis, the nature of quantitative research, sampling, structured interviews, using existing data (also called Secondary analysis and official statistics in older versions)

Brian Roberts. Biographical Research

M. C. Dawson & L. Sinwell, ‘Ethical and Political Challenges of Participatory Action Research in the Academy: Reflections on Social Movements and Knowledge Production in South Africa’, in: Social Movement Studies, Vol. 11, No. 2, 177–191, April 2012.

Pillinger 2003 (?)

Fischer 2009 (?)

regarding the bibliography and references, Alan Bryman and his Social Research Methods is my main source.
ideally, 5 to 7 sources i think would be enough and to be totally honest i dont know others than Bryman, so id appreciate if i could count on you in terms of that issue.
there is no limitation for online sources.
thank you

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