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Published in: Environmental Management 2/2022

13-05-2022

Cross-Cultural Environmental Research: Lessons from the Field

Authors: Rebecca L. Schewe, David Hoffman, Joseph Witt, Matthew Freeman, Brian Shoup

Published in: Environmental Management | Issue 2/2022

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Abstract

Environmental research with diverse stakeholders poses challenges for researchers, particularly when that research is also cross-cultural and/or cross-language. We argue that cross-cultural and/or cross-language environmental research requires translators and interpreters as active research partners, culture brokers and community partners to support research accountability and engagement, and that face-to-face surveys address challenges of other survey modes in cross-language and/or cross-cultural research. Drawing upon cross-cultural and cross-language environmental research with Vietnamese–American fishers on the U.S. Gulf Coast, we find that face-to-face surveys may promote response rate and allow for clarification, particularly for participants with language and cultural barriers. Translators, interpreters, culture brokers, and community partners play a critical role in cross-language and cross-cultural research and researchers must reflect on their role shaping research.
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Immigration scholars often refer to individuals as “1.5 generation” immigrants when an individual is foreign born but immigrated to their country of residence during childhood (Zúñiga 2018).
 
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Metadata
Title
Cross-Cultural Environmental Research: Lessons from the Field
Authors
Rebecca L. Schewe
David Hoffman
Joseph Witt
Matthew Freeman
Brian Shoup
Publication date
13-05-2022
Publisher
Springer US
Published in
Environmental Management / Issue 2/2022
Print ISSN: 0364-152X
Electronic ISSN: 1432-1009
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-022-01660-5

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