General Conclusion: Reviewing Research Approaches, Conceptualizing Mixed-Research Designs, and Writing into One Another’s Stories
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In this concluding chapter I first summarize the way in which this book has been structured to re-examine various research options for organizing inquiries around new racism. I then offer some reflections on the justification for what Bonilla-Silva and Baiocchi call “mixed-research designs” (2008, p. 140). The argument that I forward is that mixed-research designs are feasible to the extent that it is recognized that any methodological options (including those employed in mixed-research designs) always need to be adapted for use in particular contexts. Instead of considering methods for collecting/generating data and methodologies (as designs for inquiry that make use of methods) as entities to be taken “off the shelf” (as Midgley, 1997, p. 261, puts it) and then used in combination with others, I suggest, following Midgley, that mixing methods/methodologies requires their creative use in situ. This means that the research approaches that are “mixed” become (re)moulded through the way in which they are used within the research project overall. Before proceeding to elucidate this argument, I offer a summary below of the course of the book thus far.