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Elucidating a Cornish Ethnie: The Argument for Mixed Method


  • Kerryn Husk



This paper examines the discrepancies between phases of research into an emerging small-scale ethnic group in the UK. Whilst top level indications using large-scale survey data produced sociologically relevant findings about the group it was not until the analysis of subsequent qualitative interview data that a more comprehensive picture emerged. Links between ethnicity and social exclusion are demonstrably strong, particularly in areas of disadvantage (Sanchez-Perez, Morales and Jansa 2005) and the Cornish potentially represent just such a case. Initial quantitative analyses of primary and secondary survey data indicated little significant link between ethnic group affiliation and social exclusion factors. However a more interesting discrepancy between the belief of exclusion and the reality emerged during a stage of qualitative interviews. This paper contributes to the literature critical of methodological exclusivism and towards triangulated, mixed methodologies.

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  • Kerryn Husk, 2012. "Elucidating a Cornish Ethnie: The Argument for Mixed Method," Sociological Research Online, Sociological Research Online, vol. 17(2), pages 1-9.
  • Handle: RePEc:sro:srosro:2011-98-3

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