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Methodological innovation and research ethics: forces in tension or forces in harmony?

Nind, Melanie, Wiles, Rosemary, Bengry-Howell, Andrew and Crow, Graham (2013) Methodological innovation and research ethics: forces in tension or forces in harmony? Qualitative Research Journal, 13, (6), pp. 650-667. (doi:10.1177/1468794112455042).

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This paper is an exploration of the tensions inherent in the interaction between ethics and methodological innovation. The authors focus on three cases of innovation in qualitative research methods in the social sciences: netnography, child-led research, and creative research methods. Using thematic analysis of data collected through semi-structured interviews with the innovators and commentators on the innovations, they discuss the cases in terms of ethical responsibly, the democratisation of research, matters of empowerment, and the relationship between research and the academy. The paper highlights the ways in which innovation does not necessarily equate to taking risks but rather to risk management: the innovators are cautious as much as creative, operating within the context of a culture in which procedural ethical regulation acts to limit methodological development, and in which they (and other users of their method/approach) communicate the safe qualities alongside the innovative qualities of their approach

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Published date: November 2013
Organisations: Centre for Digital, Interactive & Data Driven Marketing


Local EPrints ID: 340168
ISSN: 1448-0980
PURE UUID: f34f65c3-251d-4cf6-a6dd-32730e4131f1
ORCID for Melanie Nind: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 14 Jun 2012 08:48
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:47

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Author: Melanie Nind ORCID iD
Author: Rosemary Wiles
Author: Andrew Bengry-Howell
Author: Graham Crow

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