Ethical dilemmas using social media in qualitative social research:A case study of online participant observation

Hennell, Kath and Piacentini, Maria and Limmer, Mark (2019) Ethical dilemmas using social media in qualitative social research:A case study of online participant observation. Sociological Research Online. ISSN 1360-7804 (In Press)

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Abstract

Social media platforms that enable users to create and share online content with others are increasingly used in social research. This paper explores the complex ethical issues associated with using social media for data collection, drawing on a study of the alcohol consumption practices of young people. It aims to contribute to debates about the practical and ethical challenges facing researchers using social media as a data collection tool, and to demonstrate how a reflexive approach to the research and the context in which the research takes place is critically important for supporting and enabling an ethical approach. The article concludes by recommending that researchers who face ethical dilemmas associated with the use of social media maintain an on-going dialogue with their relevant ethics committees and other researchers to identify potential solutions and to share their findings.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Sociological Research Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3312
Subjects:
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Marketing
Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 138974
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 18 Nov 2019 11:25
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: In Press
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2020 05:28
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/138974

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