SAT NOTES: Doing Du Boisian Research
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Du Boisian Scholar Network, 2019 Convening
Session Notes
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Note Taker(s):prabhdeep singh kehal
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Email of Note taker(s):prabhdeep_kehal@brown.edu
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Date:Sat, May 4
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I. TopicsII. Summary CommentsIII. Action Item
IV. Date of First Contact/Follow Up
V. Contact Lead Name(s)VI. Contact Lead Email
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prompt: consider a research question. what are the methods needed to answer this RQ, and what are the methodological challenges in doing the work?
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analytical concepts and measuring the empiricity
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how does the racialization of Asian Americans impact their well being?how does one empirically capture "well being" that is not solely quantitative?
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how does one address the omitted variable bias if one understands this only quantitatively?
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what impact does environmental processes have on Black individuals and communities?how to capture "the omitted variable" about what happened in the past/what you heard about?
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understanding entrepreneurship, cities, and the developments happening having between themhow is space and place conceptualized?
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how do Black women experience academia? how does one operationalize "oppression"?
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what is the relationship between knowledge production in feminist and feminist-activist context in the Middle East?how to do empirical research in the Middle East because of danger and not being allowed into the country?
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in working on feminism in the Middle East, how do we push against the stereotypes of women in the Middle East while balancing the real problems that women do face
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what informs the decision making of police encounters in urban spaces? specifically those that are characterized as taking place in ''liminal spaces"?doing ethnographic work and the challenge is access to the work
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to what degree do Black leaders of the middle-class experience their "class" in a suburban space?work was primarily interview based, and concerned about how to build a network that identifies the issues important to people in the community
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how does one measure well being in this context?
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working with history
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understanding the link of history in universities and how they oppress?how to effectively design something to capture linkages of legacies or persistent effects
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how does merit get conceptualized in higher education and how it used in hiring?how does one understand and explore history in these processes?
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how does one create a coherent narrative from historical documentation of disparate sources
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how does one "capture" whiteness?
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what are ways in which HBCUs reproduce white supremacy?how does one quantify the white supremacy, the scale of action?
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how do organizations produce whiteness?the hardest challenge for their site of work is getting access on demographic data, leads into "guessing" ones race
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doing du boisian researchoften this means accepting that you will be doing part of this work alone
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oftentimes people think they are measuring one thing but in fact, they are measuring something else; this works in reverse too: someone may say they aren't studying institutional racism but their findings actually are evidence of it
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you have to follow the research question for du boisian methods. the RQ makes you accountable to identifying the variables and relationships that are relevant to the RQ
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this can mean having to create your own methods and metrics
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having to understand the full audience: this also means having to consider the arguments that reviewers and committee members will ask as part of the process of study
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du boisian research being du boisian because it is policy relevant
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the timing and luck element of data becoming available for our RQ
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understanding and balancing doing "policy relevant work" and the "partisan politics"/"politics driven"responding to an existing policy is "policy driven", but policy relevant is not the same
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policy relevant can speak to many different actors, the state is but one actor; community organizers and activists are also actors in this space
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the RQ guides the work; policy relevance simply implies that research can be used to inform policy
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how are we going to reconcile that the questions the communities need answered are not the gaps in the literature?
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methods in their own way colonize us and how we thinkwhen we consider positivism, there are axioms: Positivism also holds that society, physical worl operates according to general laws; introspective and intuitive knowledge is rejected; metaphysics and theology are rejected because their claims cannot be verified by sense experience
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some say there are five axioms: The logic of inquiry is identical across all branches of science.
The goal of inquiry is to explain, predict, and discover.
Research should be observed empirically with human senses.
Science is not the same as common sense.
Science should be judged by logic and remain free of values.
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are there aximos or rules for du boisian research? should there be?
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Summary Comments from the session:
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