Should research involving cultural minority groups consider the cultural context of the population and why should it?
Researchers have conducted studies involving cultural minorities as a means of producing knowledge that can be used to serve the educational and psychological needs of our increasingly multicultural society.
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The alternative of including cultural context in studies involving cultural minority groups is to exclude consideration of context. If context is excluded from consideration, then research collects data on only behavior and expressions of motives and beliefs. There is no data generated as to the origin or driving motivation behind the behavior and expression. While the aim of any particular study must be taken into consideration, it is often true in sociology and anthropology that behavior without context reveals insufficient information to be useful therefore most such studies, including sociolinguistic studies, include cultural context.
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