Documents as 'risky' sources of data:a reflection on social and emotional positioning- a research note

Barlow, Charlotte Frederica (2016) Documents as 'risky' sources of data:a reflection on social and emotional positioning- a research note. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 19 (3). pp. 377-384. ISSN 1364-5579

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Abstract

As units of analysis, documents are often seen as unproblematic, easily accessed sources of data. This research note discusses and reflects on a research project where documents were not easy to access and instead prompted significant negotiation, contained disturbing information and images and had an emotional impact on the researcher. A reflexive account is provided in this paper, which draws upon feminist methodological theory and explores the researcher’s experiences of using documents in research. The paper concludes that documents should not always be categorised as a low risk data source, rather issues such as access difficulties, ethical dilemmas and potential emotional harm, should also be considered.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Social Research Methodology
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Law School
ID Code: 81086
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 13 Sep 2016 08:38
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 03:17
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/81086

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