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Using eHRAF World Cultures with other cross-cultural samples

Ember, Carol and Fischer, Michael D. (2017) Using eHRAF World Cultures with other cross-cultural samples. In: White, Douglas, ed. Wiley Cross-cultural Research Companion. Wiley-Blackwell, NY USA. ISBN 978-1-118-49939-9. (Submitted) (KAR id:58166)

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The Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) was founded in 1949 as a membership consortium with the goal of facilitating the comparative study of human behavior. The files consist of millions of paragraphs of ethnographic works finely indexed at the paragraph-level to support fnding related in- formation from multiple ethnographies. The HRAF Collection of Ethnography supports a broad range of comparative research, much of it qualitative where students and scholars use the eHRAF application to identify and collate relevant ethnographic information from a number of societies on a topic of interest, such as child socialization, which they then read and compare between societies. We recommend one of two strategies for sampling from the cultures documented in the HRAF Collection. The frst is to use the 60-culture subset of the HRAF Collection—the Probability Sample Files (PSF), perhaps supplemented by HRAF’s Simple Random Sample (societies chosen randomly from the over 2,000 societies listed in the Ember et al.’s concordance (1992).

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: ethnographic samples, HRAF, comparison, comparative research
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GR Folklore
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: Michael Fischer
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2016 08:23 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:04 UTC
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