Power, subjectivity and ethics in qualitative research

Robyn Dowling

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    This chapter aims to introduce issues that arise because qualitative research typically involves interpersonal relationships, interpretations, and experiences. I discuss three issues of which qualitative researchers need to be aware: (1) the more formal ethical issues raised by qualitative research projects; (2) the power relations of qualitative research; and (3) objectivity, subjectivity, and intersubjectivity. Rather than advocating simple for dealing with these issues, the chapter proposes that researchers be 'critically reflexive'.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationQualitative research methods in human geography
    EditorsIain Hay
    Place of PublicationSouth Melbourne, Vic.
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)019555079X
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


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