Marie Smyth and Emma Williamson

in Researchers and their 'subjects'

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9781861345141
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303220 | DOI:

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This book has examined the relationship between researchers and the researched from an ethical perspective. It demonstrated that the very terms of ‘researcher’ and ‘participant’ create a distinction that is not always present in real life. Participants and service-users can be researchers and researchers and can also be participants. By aiming to conduct research that addresses the association between researchers and participants, a number of contributors have illustrated how the distinction between those involved in the research process can be broken down, challenged and as a result a more reflexive research can be achieved.

Keywords: researchers; researched; ethical perspective; relationship; participant; researchers and participants; reflexive research

Chapter.  2796 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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