Doing Research on Sensitive Topics

SAGE, 16 mar. 1993 - 240 páginas
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.


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Limits on Inquiry
Estimating the Size of Hidden Populations
Sampling Rare or Deviant Populations
Asking Sensitive Questions on Surveys
The Access Process in Research on Sensitive Topics
Covert Adversarial and Collaborative Research
Handling Sensitive Data
Disclosure and Dissemination in Research
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Página 220 - Proposal for a Council Directive concerning the Protection of Individuals in relation to the Processing of Personal Data (COM(90)314 final - SYN 287, OJ C 277, 5.11.1990).
Página 3 - For example, in their recent examination of the ethical and professional dimensions of socially sensitive research, that is, "studies in which there are potential social consequences or implications, either directly for the participants in the research or for the class of individuals represented by the research

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