Difficult research conversations: sharing socially sensitive research in the public domain

Babacan, Hurriyet, and Babacan, Alperhan (2013) Difficult research conversations: sharing socially sensitive research in the public domain. Etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics, 12 (1). pp. 52-63.

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[Extract] Social science research is complex and involves inquiry into the lived experiences of different groups of people in society. It often requires a consideration of complex issues, data and perspectives that may impact on the feelings, views, attitudes and values held by people involved in the research process. In many cases the research may be socially sensitive and has potential consequences or implications or threats to individuals, community groups, civil society, government, industry or other stakeholders.

There are many issues that, within specific cultural and social contexts, may be defined as 'sensitive' if they are private, stressful or sacred, and consequently discussion of them tends to generate an emotional response (McCosker et al., 2001). A response of this nature may be prompted because of a potential fear of stigmatisation or because the issue i is of a politically sensitive nature. Sieber and Stanley (1988:49) identify that sensitive studies are those in "which there are potential consequences or implications, either directly for the participants in the research or for the class of individuals represented by the research." They may include difficult topics, including taboo subjects, which "are laden with emotion or which inspire feelings of awe or dread" (Lee, 1993:6).

Item ID: 30532
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-2940
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Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2014 04:22
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 25%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 25%
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