Doing Research on Sensitive Topics

Doing Research on Sensitive Topics

Author: Raymond M Lee

Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited

ISBN: UOM:39015026961303

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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"This text. . .suggests the reciprocity between the 'theory' and the practice of research. . . . The book reveals that. . . attention to 'sensitive' topics as the central focus of inquiry and evaluation is relatively recent. . . . The value of Raymond Lee's book is to demonstrate the breadth of what might be included in this category. . . . the book demonstrates how some important dimensions of 'sensitivity' have been dealt with on a naïve level." --Barbara Harrison in Journal of Interprofessional Care "The book offers communication researchers some of the best recent work on qualitative inquiry in the human disciplines. . . . Published by Sage, the leading publisher of qualitative research in the social sciences today. . . . This is an important book that deserves careful study. It moves the sociological voyeur into new regions of surveillance and subterfuge. . . . This work brings the communication scholar up-to-date on where qualitative methods are in current sociological and educational discourse." --Norman K. Denzin in Journal of Communication "The author, a British sociologist, has created an account of social research that is both wide ranging and eye opening. . . . The book makes clear that it is better to learn to manage sensitive issues than to avoid them by pursuing only safe lines of research." --Library and Information Science Report "A thought-provoking and fairly complete methodological study of risky social research. Raymond M. Lee's Doing Research on Sensitive Topics is more comprehensive, including as it does detailed approaches for those who choose to examine controversial issues. . . . Out of the numerous case studies that he touches upon emerge important methodological, ethical, and personal concerns, most of which are dealt with straightforwardly and in detail. The thirty-two page bibliography alone is a gold mine for those wishing to follow up on topics introduced here. Among his more valuable observations, Lee notes that no research is so innocuous that 'sensitivity' is not a concern. His point is a crucial one. . . . He presents extensive expositions on how to resolve the particular problems that those undertaking sensitive research may encounter. . . . A pragmatic, traditional approach to the subject matter." --Contemporary Sociology "This monograph is a great follow-up to another Sage book: Researching Sensitive Topics (edited by Raymond M. Lee along with Claire Renzetti). --Prepublication Review in Clinical Gerontologist "Raymond M. Lee's introduction . . . is timely and welcome. . . . [The book] is useful because it brings together material that is rather disparate in the literature on social science methodology. This will be useful for Ph.D. students and those embarking on field research for the first time." --The Times Higher For researchers looking for a comprehensive guide to the methodological, ethical, and practical issues involved in undertaking research on sensitive topics, look no further than Doing Research on Sensitive Topics. In this well-written volume, Lee introduces researchers to the subject of sensitive research and addresses the question of what makes research contentious. He considers the relationship between research and issues of social or political power, the capacity of research to encroach on people's lives, and the potential implications researching sensitive topics may have for the researcher. Covering both quantitative and qualitative methods, Lee offers advice on such key questions as the choice of methodologies for sensitive research and the problems of estimating the size of hidden populations. He also examines the political and ethical problems inherent in the relations between the researcher and the researched, and in the disclosure, dissemination, and publication of research.

Doing Research on Sensitive Topics

Doing Research on Sensitive Topics

Author: Raymond M. Lee

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446226913

Category: Interviewing

Page: 240

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This book is a comprehensive guide to the methodological, ethical and practical issues involved in undertaking research on sensitive topics. Raymond M Lee explores the reasons why social research may be politically or socially contentious: its relation to issues of social or political power; its capacity to encroach on people's lives; and its potentially problematic nature for the researcher. Issues examined include: the choice of methodologies for sensitive research; problems of estimating the size of hidden populations; questions of sampling, surveying and interviewing; and sensitivity in access and the handling of data. The book also discusses the political and ethical issues at stake in the relations between the researcher and the researched, and in the disclosure, dissemination and publication of research.

Practical and Ethical Dilemmas in Researching Sensitive Topics with Populations Considered Vulnerable

Practical and Ethical Dilemmas in Researching Sensitive Topics with Populations Considered Vulnerable

Author: Ana Patrícia Hilário

Publisher: MDPI

ISBN: 9783039433940

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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This book seeks to support social science researchers who interact with vulnerability and/or sensitivity in the context of their research. Whilst there has been some important debate about the theoretical, methodological and ethical issues of conducting research on sensitive topics, and/or with vulnerable populations, the number of scholarly publications focused solely on these topics is limited and not up to date. The book intends to fill this gap by providing various research experiences, as well as the elements that characterize them. The articles selected for this book intend, first and foremost, to stimulate reflexivity amongst the use of the concepts of sensitive topics and vulnerable groups, and to provide tools that will allow researchers to improve their research practices The book integrates several articles that explore a wide range of dilemmas that, to a certain extent, might allow the reader to access the backstage of this type of research. The reader will find here a rich and fruitful space for theoretical and empirical reflection, where several social science researchers with different backgrounds share their experiences and research paths in a rigorous and creative way.

Sensitive Research in Social Work

Sensitive Research in Social Work

Author: Sharif Haider

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030850098

Category: Education

Page: 376

View: 150

This book addresses issues related with researching sensitive topics in social work, focusing on marginalized, vulnerable and hard to reach people. It covers the definition, characteristics, challenges and opportunities of sensitive research, its philosophical roots and methodological debates, and the skills and values that are required along with the ethical, political and legal issues involved in conducting social work research. This book will cover innovative research methods appropriate for research on sensitive topics involving vulnerable people. It shines light on how to use traditional research methods sensitively, and how to generate data while minimizing the harm that can potentially be caused to research participants and researchers. Dr Sharif Haider is a Lecturer of Social Work at the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies at The Open University, UK.

Danger in the Field

Danger in the Field

Author: Geraldine Lee-Treweek

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415193214

Category: Philosophy

Page: 232

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This text analyses the experience of different forms of danger in various qualitative research settings. Complete with researchers' accounts, it encompasses physical, emotional, ethical and professional danger.

Research Ethics in Human Geography

Research Ethics in Human Geography

Author: Sebastian Henn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429017100

Category: Science

Page: 260

View: 162

This book explores common ethical issues faced by human geographers in their research. It offers practical guidance for research planning and design that incorporates geographic disciplinary knowledge to conceptualise research ethics. The volume brings together international insights from researchers in geography and related fields to provide a comprehensive overview of relevant ethical frameworks and challenges in human geography research. It includes in-depth reflections on a range of ethical dilemmas that arise in certain contextual conditions and spatial constructions that face those researching and teaching on spatial dimensions of social life. With a focus on the increased need for specialist ethics training as part of postgraduate education in the Humanities and Social Sciences and the necessity for fostering sensitivity in cross-cultural comparative research, the book seeks to enable people to engage in ethical decision-making and moral reasoning while conducting research. Chapters examine the implications of geographical research for conceptualising ethics and discuss specific case studies from which more general conclusions, linked to conceptual debates, are drawn. As a research-based reference guide for tackling ethically sensitive projects and international differences in legal and institutional standards and requirements, the book is useful for postgraduate and undergraduate students as well as academics teaching at senior levels.

First Steps In Research and Statistics

First Steps In Research and Statistics

Author: Dennis Howitt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134635498

Category: Psychology

Page: 272

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First Steps in Research and Statistics is a new, very accessible approach to learning about quantitative methods. No previous knowledge or experience is assumed and every stage of the research process is covered. Key topics include: * Formulating your research questions * How to choose the right statistical test for your research design * Important research issues, such as questionnaire design, ethics, sampling, reliability and validity * Conducting simple statistics to explore relationships and differences in your data * Using statistics to explore relationships and differences in your data * Writing up your research report and presenting statistics Simple and helpful worksheets and flow diagrams guide you through the research stages. Each chapter contains exercises with answers to check whether you've understood.

Doing Criminological Research

Doing Criminological Research

Author: Pamela Davies

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781526422057

Category: Social Science

Page: 576

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The new edition of this bestselling textbook comes completely revised and updated to take students on a guided tour of criminological research. As a trusted companion, this book brings together a range of experts in the field to provide key perspectives on how to prepare, do and present research. Concise and engaging, each chapter comes with a range of learning features and contextualised case studies, giving an in-depth review on conducting research projects. The book: Includes fascinating case studies on transnational crime and policing, victims, male offenders, institutional abuse and more Comes with study questions, activities, key terms and a glossary Includes visual material which highlights and illustrates key points Contains new chapters on mixed methods; web based criminological research; experimental criminological research and quantitative criminological research This is the go-to for any student studying criminology, essential to those conducting their own research in the field.

Ethical Issues in Forensic Mental Health Research

Ethical Issues in Forensic Mental Health Research

Author: Chris Brown

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1846423961

Category: Psychology

Page: 176

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A contemporary case-based discussion of ethical dilemmas faced by researchers in forensic mental health, this book offers useful guidance to anyone planning research in this field. It focuses on problems frequently encountered, such as issues of capacity to consent in forensic settings and the meaning of consent to participate. Chapters cover issues such as the procurement of consent among incarcerated people; the ability of young people to provide consent; the effects of culturally specific lay beliefs about mental illness; confidentiality; multidisciplinary approaches; and ethics in risk assessment research. The contributors address questions such as whether research can be therapeutic, and whether it is ever reasonable to compromise patient confidentiality for the wider benefits of publishing research. Based on empirical data from researchers' own experiences, this comprehensive book will be essential reading for anyone planning research in the area of forensic mental health, and all whose work is in this area.

Researching Violence

Researching Violence

Author: Raymond M. Lee

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317834854

Category: Social Science

Page: 242

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Violence is a research topic that is fraught with difficulties. A notoriously sensitive subject, and one that is presumed to be largely hidden, researchers have long struggled with the question of how to measure its impact and how to explore its incidence. Arising from the ESRC's Violence Research Programme, Researching Violence is a practical guide both to theses problems and to the obstacles encountered when negotiating this uneasy terrain. Comprising the reflections of researchers who have worked on diverse projects - from violence in the home to racial violence and homicide - this book demonstrates the ingenuity and at times courageous actions of researchers having to think on their feet. It also investigates the ethical and emotional issues arising from working with the victims and perpetrators of violence. This book will be indispensable for students and academics doing research projects on violence.

An Introduction to Transitional Justice

An Introduction to Transitional Justice

Author: Olivera Simić

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000096286

Category: Law

Page: 369

View: 989

The Second Edition of An Introduction to Transitional Justice provides a comprehensive overview of transitional justice judicial and non-judicial measures implemented by societies to redress legacies of massive human rights abuse. Written by some of the leading experts in the field, it takes a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the subject, addressing the dominant transitional justice mechanisms as well as key themes and challenges faced by scholars and practitioners. Using a wide historic and geographic range of case studies to illustrate key concepts and debates, and featuring discussion questions and suggestions for further reading, this is an essential introduction to the subject for students.