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This chapter provides an introduction to the research topic by first introducing the aim of the study in general terms. The structure of the thesis and research design is outlined to enable this topic to be seen relative to the techniques used to investigate. The topic is then located within the wider scholarly field by looking at research in related areas. 'Related' will be interpreted fairly broadly to ensure that relevant critical perspectives are brought to bear. Lastly, the contribution of the study to scholarship is discussed.
The intention of this chapter is to provide an overview of the entire thesis (with the exception of the interpretation of results and conclusions) in order to explain the underlying thinking about the topic as well as the rationale for the research program.
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