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This intraethnic distancing or othering is how the culture of success for Asian Indian elites is constructed. Asian Indian elites are far removed from the wider Asian Indian population and, as Irman’s comments clearly reveal, are a different quality of immigrants, are a different kind of smart, and possess different social and cultural capital. ” In addition to being stereotyped as culturally intransigent, Asian Indians are also thought to be poor communicators, writers, and speak with an unpopular heavy accents.
26 Morrill and Fine (1997:443) note that the length of time spent in the field often improves the quality of research. As researchers spend more time in the field, observations become more intense and they gain a familiarity and understanding of a, once unfamiliar, research situation. Ethnographic Research Methods 37 When one makes a daring stab at building rapport and is successful, the experience is exhilarating”(1970: 101). The next three empirical chapters are the exhilarating products of my objective research procedures and how I navigated opportunities and constraints in the field.
THE SELF AS A RESEARCH TOOL AND GENDER RELATIONS IN THE FIELD The previous section details the objective aspects of my research methods. However, it omits the problems and pitfalls that often plague qualitative researchers. Easterday, Papademas, Schorr, and Valentine (1977) remind social scientists that the subjective aspects of research are equally to address. They explain that, “Research courses and methodological texts only teach students how research ought to go, rather than how it does go in the real world.
Asian Indian Professionals: The Culture of Success by Sabeen Sandhu