Current and future directions in ethnicity and methodology

Olga Davis, Thomas K. Nakayama, Judith N. Martin

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This essay explores current and future trends in scholarship at the intersection of ethnicity and methodology, from a paradigmatic perspective. It first identifies traditional social science notions regarding the conceptualization of ethnicity (as well as race) and describes several typical approaches to the study of ethnicity in intercultural relations. Then, three challenges to traditional epistemology and methodology in ethnicity studies are discussed: fallacy of objectivity, fallacy of homogeneity and monolithic identity, and the question of methodological ethics. Finally, potential contributions from interpretive and critical paradigms are outlined; these include the need to incorporate lived experiences and historical contexts in future investigations of ethnicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-539
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2000


  • Critical methods
  • Ethics
  • Ethnicity
  • Interpretive methods
  • Paradigm
  • Research methods
  • Social science methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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