GendeRace - WP5 Methodology Report
WP5 Methodology Report

January 2009


By Eleonore Kofman, Erica Howard and Helena Wray

In collaboration with Isabelle Carles and Olga Jubany


There has been a burgeoning literature on multiple discrimination and the interaction between different axes of discrimination or intersectionality as well as the absence or inadequacy of legal measures to deal with these issues. Much of this literature focuses either on theoretical aspects or on a single country situation with some consideration of differences between two countries. An example of the latter is the comparison of different attitudes towards and systems of multiple discrimination in the UK and Canada or UK and Germany (Moon 2007). Often the analysis of these differences is based on a comparison of significant case studies. Though this is important in furthering our understanding of how multiple discrimination is treated in different states, there has been little attention paid to investigating how multiple discrimination, and especially gender and race, is experienced by a large number of individuals in a range of countries with different histories of migration and anti-discrimination policies and strategies. Even less literature is available on the methodological issues of conducting comparative or cross-national research across a large number of states as is the objective of the Genderace project. Thus in WP5 we firstly address some general aspects of crossnational European research as they apply to this project and then outline the issues, problems and procedures to be followed. In the methodology session (Deliverable D05) held at Middlesex University in London on 20-22 May 2008, we presented some of the key considerations relevant to the application of concepts (definitions provided in the WP6 glossary) and methods to be used in the subsequent empirical research (WP4, WP7 and WP8).


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