Ethical regulation and visual methods:making visual research impossible or developing good practice

Wiles, Rose and Coffey, Amanda and Robison, Judy and Prosser, Jon (2012) Ethical regulation and visual methods:making visual research impossible or developing good practice. Sociological Research Online, 17 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN 1360-7804

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The ethical regulation of social research in the UK has been steadily increasing over the last decade or so. Concerns have been raised by visual social researchers that such ethical scrutiny and regulation will place severe limitations to visual researchers’ practice. This paper draws on a qualitative study with visual researchers in the UK exploring the views, challenges and practices of visual researchers in relation to ethical issues. Interviewees reflected on their experience of the ethical approval process and on the broader issue of ethical governance. The range of formats for ethical review within HEIs gave rise to a variety of strategies for managing the approval process in relation to visual research practice. For some this meant explicitly ‘making the case’ for undertaking visual research while for others it involved normalising visual methods in ways which delimited the possible ethical dilemmas of visual approaches. Researchers only rarely identified significant barriers to conducting visual research from ethical approval committees, though skilful negotiation and actively managing the system was sometimes required.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:2. Data Collection > 2.9 Visual Methods
4. Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 4.23 Qualitative Approaches (other)
8. Research Management and Impact > 8.3 Research Ethics
ID Code:2227
Deposited By: NCRM users
Deposited On:07 Mar 2012 10:03
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