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A response to Martyn Hammersley ‘On the ethics of interviewing for discourse research’

Taylor, Stephanie (2014). A response to Martyn Hammersley ‘On the ethics of interviewing for discourse research’. Qualitative Research, 14(5) pp. 542–548.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794113503742
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Abstract

In ‘On the ethics of interviewing for discourse research’ Martyn Hammersley sets out an ethical dilemma around informed consent for research interviews which is, he suggests, especially pertinent to discourse analytic research. A counter-argument might be that problems of informed consent are common to most, if not all, forms of social research, and this is in fact a conclusion which Hammersley eventually reaches. In this response, I suggest that a consideration of interviews and discourse analysis raises additional issues of general relevance for social researchers. These relate to assumptions about the research process and also the nature of a social subject, and therefore the relationship between participant and researcher. I challenge Hammersley’s definitions of discourse analysis and his claim that discourse analysts are guilty of ‘deceit or secrecy’ (p.13) in their dealings with their participants.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Author
ISSN: 1741-3109
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 39247
Depositing User: Stephanie Taylor
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2014 10:38
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:45
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/39247
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