Ethical issues for qualitative research in on-line communities

Brownlow, Charlotte and O'Dell, Lindsay (2014) Ethical issues for qualitative research in on-line communities. In: Researching society online, V. 2, Part 1. SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods, V. 2, Part 1. Sage Publications, London, U.K., pp. 247-257. ISBN 9781446273357

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Internet technology has developed rapidly in recent years, and offers new possibilities for researching, particularly when working with hard to reach groups who may benefit from a move away from more traditional methodologies. The research has been informed by various methodologies, and is flexible in its application and nature, varying from an analysis of the content of web pages (Jones, Zahlm and Huws 2001), to complex discourse analytic techniques of ‘electronic conversations’, (Denzin, 1999). One of the most common uses of the Internet as a research tool has focused on the use of online questionnaires, via web page delivery or e-mail, and has proved useful in providing novel insights into research questions (see for example Coomber’s ,1997 investigations of drug dealers) as have on-line focus groups, and real-time interviews (O’Connor and Madge, 2000).

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Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Reprint of 2002 article published in Disability and Society, 17 (6), pp. 685-694 (Record #8786).
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2016 00:45
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2017 23:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: online questionnaires; qualitative research; online communities; ethical issues
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified

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