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The ethics of care and transformational research practices in Aotearoa New Zealand

The ethics of care and transformational research practices in Aotearoa New Zealand
The ethics of care and transformational research practices in Aotearoa New Zealand
Democratising methodologies often require research partnerships in practice. Research partnerships between indigenous and non-indigenous partners are commonplace, but there is unsatisfactory guidance available to non-indigene researchers about how to approach the relationship in a way that builds solidarity with the aims of the indigenous community. Worse still, non-indigenous researchers may circumvent indigenous communities to avoid causing offense, in effect silencing those voices. In this article, we argue that the ethics of care provides a framework that can guide ethical research practice, because it attends to the political positioning of the people involved, acknowledges inequalities and aims to address these in solidarity with the community. Drawing on our research partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand, we explain how the ethics of care intertwines with Māori values, creating a synergistic and dialogic approach.
1468-7941
340-350
Brannelly, Tula
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Boulton, Amohia
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Brannelly, Tula
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Boulton, Amohia
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Brannelly, Tula and Boulton, Amohia (2017) The ethics of care and transformational research practices in Aotearoa New Zealand. Qualitative Research, 17 (3), 340-350. (doi:10.1177/1468794117698916).

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Democratising methodologies often require research partnerships in practice. Research partnerships between indigenous and non-indigenous partners are commonplace, but there is unsatisfactory guidance available to non-indigene researchers about how to approach the relationship in a way that builds solidarity with the aims of the indigenous community. Worse still, non-indigenous researchers may circumvent indigenous communities to avoid causing offense, in effect silencing those voices. In this article, we argue that the ethics of care provides a framework that can guide ethical research practice, because it attends to the political positioning of the people involved, acknowledges inequalities and aims to address these in solidarity with the community. Drawing on our research partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand, we explain how the ethics of care intertwines with Māori values, creating a synergistic and dialogic approach.

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Accepted/In Press date: 6 January 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 11 April 2017
Published date: June 2017
Organisations: Researcher Development

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Local EPrints ID: 410945
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/410945
ISSN: 1468-7941
PURE UUID: 2409d6d1-e313-4176-8d05-417548083ce4

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Date deposited: 12 Jun 2017 16:31
Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 19:47

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Author: Tula Brannelly
Author: Amohia Boulton

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