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 (Accepted for Publication)

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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: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version of which is published in the Sage Publications Sociological Research Online
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Social Science
Depositing User: Kath Hennell
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 09:13
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 09:13
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2947

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