Article of the Month September 2012: Methodological Innovation and Research Ethics: forces in tension or forces in harmony?

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    Melanie Nind, Rose Wiles, Andrew Bengry-Howell, Graham Crow (University of Southampton, UK).

    This article is an exploration of the tensions inherent in the interaction between ethics and methodological innovation. The authors focus on three cases: netnography, child-led research and creative research methods. Using thematic analysis of data collected through semi-structured interviews with both innovators and commentators they discuss issues of ethical responsibility, democratisation of research, empowerment and the relationship between research and the academy. It shows how innovation may be about managing risk rather than taking risks claiming that the innovators are cautious as much as creative.

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