This distinctive, nuanced book addresses the more complex theoretical issues embedded in the qualitative research paradigm. Adopting a reflective stance that emphasises the role of the researcher it carefully avoids a standardised ‘tick box’ approach to methods. Throughout each chapter, theory is powerfully and persuasively interwoven as its impact on practical topics such as data management and safety in the field is discussed. O’Reilly and Kiyimba bring an authority and clarity to the debate, taking us beyond the mechanical notions of qualitative methods and standardised approaches to research. Instead, they focus on subjects like methodological integrity, perspective driven data collection and theoretically-led analysis. This will be an important resource for anyone looking to practically engage with advanced qualitative research methods.

Research ethics and researcher safety

Introduction

As we have noted, it is fundamentally accepted that qualitative research is different from quantitative. It is perhaps therefore unsurprising that the way in which ethics is thought about and implemented within the qualitative approach is also different. In this chapter we present four core interrelated arguments that this difference invokes. First, we discuss the debates about the relevance and appropriateness of adopting ethical principles commonly considered in the quantitative approach. Second, we consider arguments about how qualitative protocols are treated by ethics committees and how tensions may be resolved. Third, we present and discuss arguments that the core ethical principles used in research may be and potentially ought to be operationalised differently in qualitative work. Finally, in ...

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