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comm research - sept. 14 - The politics of being counted:...

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The politics of being counted: an example What is the point of a census? o Communities that need the most government funding are the ones that are most likely to be under counted What does it mean to be counted o Instrumental value Help government plan how much resources need to be allocated o Symbolic value Gives minorities who need the resources the most a voice Why do we conduct research? The academy and research Research is conducted in intellectual communities o These communities have standards for evaluating and legitimizing research findings Done so that research can be replicated based on standards Standard: double blind (researcher and reviewer unknown to each other, eliminates bias) Objectively evaluate research o Calling research “science” is part of its credibility o What motivates research? Researchers are drawn to topics They are simply interested in it 1 st research for a researcher are often autobiographical How does the research context matter?
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2012 for the course COMM 04:192:300 taught by Professor Katz during the Fall '11 term at Rutgers.

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