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Triangulating public administrational and genealogical data : the case of Australian migration research

Triangulation von Verwaltungsdaten und Genealogien: ein Beispiel aus der australischen Migrationsforschung
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Young, Janette Olivia

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Abstract 'In der australischen Migrationsforschung existieren seit langem einige Paradigmen, z.B. dass die australische Bevölkerung zu 98% ethnische Briten sind. An diesem Beispiel wird gezeigt, wie Forscher vorgehen können, wenn neue Daten dieses Paradigma in Frage stellen. Die Datentriangulation stellt hierbei ein nützliches Mittel dar, um die Güte der Daten zu bestimmen. Um sie erfolgreich einzusetzen, müssen soziologische, historische und ethnographische Methoden und Konzepte verknüpft werden.' (Autorenreferat)

'In this paper, data triangulation is used as a means of verifying, and further exploring, paradigm challenging data that emerged unexpectedly in a research project. The field of this study is Australian migration sociology. The discovery of data which suggested contradictions to the accepted notion that the Australian population was historically '98 percent' British origin, has also lead to what can be seen as a return to the traditional, but seemingly forgotten (in English speaking countries), relationship that existed between ethnography, history and sociology. The rediscovery of connections between these now separate disciplines, and the strengths and critiques that can be made of the now unfamiliar (in sociological but not anthropological/ ethnographic research) tools of marriage records and family genealogy is the subject of this paper.' (author's abstract)
Keywords migration; genealogy; official statistics; Australia; process-produced data; ethnic origin; historical social research; migration research; triangulation
Classification Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods; Migration, Sociology of Migration
Method descriptive study
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 143-158
Journal Historical Social Research, 34 (2009) 1
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works