Tag Archives: research ethics

Sep 19 2014

Fieldwork in a digital age: Questions of privacy and copyright

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Maximising research impact and promoting knowledge sharing require researchers to pay greater attention to the ways in which data are collected, processed and stored for systematic access at a later date. This also means that questions of privacy and copyright … Continue reading

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May 2 2014

How close before you burn? Questions of ethics and distance in researching crisis and unrest

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Researchers examining urban riots or unrest constantly face questions about the motivations behind and impact of their work. These questions verge on the existential, because questioning a research topic essentially interrogates researchers’ role and existence as social scientists. With reference to two … Continue reading

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Feb 5 2014

Gender and fieldwork in China: Investigating migrant workers in restaurants

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My multiple roles as a friend and a researcher serve to explain the diversity of my behaviour under different circumstances. I argue that the influence of gender, class and hukou on the research process is subtle and complex, writes Yang Shen. … Continue reading

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Dec 5 2013

Research ethics and everyday ethics: Doing fieldwork with observers of their own ‘culture’ in rural Hubei

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One of the things that constantly surprised me during my fieldwork was the extent to which local inhabitants observed and described their own ‘culture’. The forms that self-observations and self-descriptions take depend very much on the audience. In this article, I … Continue reading

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