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Burningham, Kate; Venn, Susan; Hayward, Bronwyn; Nissen, Sylvia; Aoyagi, Midori; Hasan, Mohammad Mehedi; Jackson, Tim; Jha, Vimlendu; Mattar, Helio; Schudel, Ingrid; Yoshida, Aya – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2020
Existing literatures have discussed both ethical issues in visual research with young people, and the problems associated with applying 'universal' ethical guidelines across varied cultural contexts. There has been little consideration, however, of specific issues raised in projects where visual research is being conducted with young people…
Descriptors: Ethics, Photography, Foreign Countries, Research Projects
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Corple, Danielle J.; Linabary, Jasmine R. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2020
Many ethical concerns in online big data research stem from a pervasive assumption that data are disembodied and place-less. While some scholars have begun addressing the ethical dilemmas of big data, few offer approaches or tools that fully grapple with the situatedness of online data and its ethical implications. We draw on feminist new…
Descriptors: Feminism, Ethics, Research, Epistemology
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Lehner-Mear, Rachel – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2020
This paper discusses ethical issues surrounding Netnography, an innovative methodology, relatively unusual in Education research. It explores the ethical approach developed for a study of UK mother perspectives on primary school homework found on open-access parenting websites, reviewing issues considered at the project's outset and examining…
Descriptors: Ethics, Educational Research, Research Methodology, Social Science Research
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Perriam, Jessamy; Birkbak, Andreas; Freeman, Andy – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2020
Qualitative and mixed methods digital social research often relies on gathering and storing social media data through the use of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces). In past years this has been relatively simple, with academic developers and researchers using APIs to access data and produce visualisations and analysis of social networks and…
Descriptors: Social Media, Social Science Research, Access to Information, Social Life
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Esin, Cigdem; Lounasmaa, Aura – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2020
This paper explores how a multimodal narrative methodology can open a creative, relational and safe space, in which refugee-storytellers negotiate their positioning within racialised power imbalances. Personal narratives that facilitate storytellers' agency have a potential to empower and elicit social change. When refugees are denied their right…
Descriptors: Refugees, Story Telling, Resistance (Psychology), Personal Narratives
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Isham, Louise; Bradbury-Jones, Caroline; Hewison, Alistair – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
This article surfaces issues about the often-used but widely under-reported practice of working with advisory fora. We critically reflect on our experiences working with an advisory network when co-designing a research study about a 'sensitive' subject. We discuss the following: (1) How the network evolved as a matter of ethical and pragmatic…
Descriptors: Networks, Advisory Committees, Ethics, Epistemology
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Pritchard, Erin – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Disability research often favours the use of disabled researchers carrying out research with disabled participants. It is believed to empower disabled people and create results that are more valid. However, little consideration has been given to the ethical implications of this type of research process, including in relation to female researcher…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Researchers, Safety, Ethics
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Rodríguez-Dorans, Edgar – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Reflexivity is a multimodal research feature that relies on the researcher's subjectivity and self-awareness. This paper discusses uses of reflexivity when carrying out qualitative in-depth interviews on sexual topics. Through extracts of a challenging interview, where the challenge comes in the form of sexualised provocation from one man to…
Descriptors: Reflection, Interviews, Sexuality, Ethics
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Powell, Mary Ann; McArthur, Morag; Chalmers, Jenny; Graham, Anne; Moore, Tim; Spriggs, Merle; Taplin, Stephanie – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
While there is broad consensus that involving children in research is critically important for understanding their lives, there is considerable caution around their participation in social research on 'sensitive' issues. Such caution is further amplified by a lack of agreement about what constitutes a 'sensitive topic'. This article draws on data…
Descriptors: Children, Social Science Research, Stakeholders, Parents
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Seehawer, Maren Kristin – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
In all parts of the world, researchers are addressing the colonial legacy of research. This article aims to contribute to the decolonisation of research in a sub-Saharan African context by exploring Ubuntu as an indigenous Southern African research paradigm. Drawing on lessons learnt from participatory action research with South African science…
Descriptors: African Culture, Indigenous Knowledge, Foreign Countries, Ethics
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van Wijngaarden, Els; Leget, Carlo; Goossensen, Anne – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
This article focuses on research ethics in highly intimate research with possible impact on life and death. In order to stimulate an open-ended dialogue about research ethics, we reflect on four ethical challenges that came up during our research into older people with a wish to die. Drawing on our experiences, we discuss (1) the possibly…
Descriptors: Ethics, Research Methodology, Social Science Research, Older Adults
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Wilson, Elena; Kenny, Amanda; Dickson-Swift, Virginia – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) has been proposed as an equitable, empowering partnership approach to collaborative research. International literature about the ethical implications of CBPR suggests a continuing strong interest in the topic. However, there is a notable lack of research that captures the "experience" of…
Descriptors: Ethics, Participatory Research, Community Involvement, Research Problems
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Thomas-Hughes, Helen – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Co-producing research is complex and messy. This paper draws on Tina Cook's argument for the systematic inclusion of 'mess' in research accounts as a conceptual framework through which to articulate areas of ethical mess from within a co-produced research project. Through narrating the 'messy' ethical complications the paper illustrates a number…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethics, Case Studies, Participatory Research
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van der Geest, Sjaak – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
This article deals with three topics: lying, privacy and anthropological research. Their complex intertwinement is analysed using fieldwork notes and through engagement with relevant literature from various disciplines. Experiences of privacy, among researchers as well as among respondents, is underexposed in the literature on social research…
Descriptors: Deception, Privacy, Ethics, Anthropology
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Nishiyama, Kei – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Involvement of children in research processes requires various ethical considerations. In particular, while interviewing children, a researcher needs to take into consideration the power imbalance between a researcher and children as well as among children. This article suggests a possible way of mitigating potential risks, drawing on the idea and…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Participation, Children, Communities of Practice
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