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Ethical Requirements and Responsibilities in Video Methodologies: Considering Confidentiality and Representation in Social Justice Research (Papers: Steph M. Anderson and Carolina Muñoz Proto 2016)0

Posted by Admin in on October 30, 2016


In recent years, psychologists have begun to use video more frequently in qualitative research, in particular, within research on social justice. The non-confidential nature inherent in video, however, raises new ethical challenges for the field of psychology to address. Building upon a growing literature on video-based research, in this article, we use an illustrative case study to examine how researchers’ sense of ethical responsibility can find guidance from, clash against, or fill gaps left by extant federal and disciplinary ethical requirements. We focus specifically on issues of confidentiality and representation, highlighting the challenges and possibilities that video creates in relation to participants’ power, dignity, and participation and arguing that psychologists must systematically engage questions about ethical responsibilities throughout the design and implementation phases of a research project. In doing so, psychologists, their community partners, and students will be better able to articulate and problematize their assumptions and intentions regarding video work.

Anderson SM and Muñoz CP (2016) Ethical Requirements and Responsibilities in Video Methodologies: Considering Confidentiality and Representation in Social Justice Research. Social and Personality Psychology Compass. 10(7) pp377-389 DOI 10.1111/spc3.12259
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Scientific Studies: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO May 2016)0

Posted by Admin in on September 22, 2016

John Oliver discusses how and why media outlets so often report untrue or incomplete information as science. You can find this video on YouTube.

Even though this characteristically witty reflection by John Oliver reduced us to hearty rolling-on-the-floor laughter it actually contains some important messages. In addition to poking fun at the way in which research is often reported by the tabloid media it does highlight the degree to which researchers need to be careful when reporting the outcomes of research, the need to support/recognise replication work, and why we all need to be wary of ‘news headline’ reporting of science.

The Oaxaca Incident: A geographer’s efforts to map a Mexican village reveal the risks of military entanglement – The Chronicle of Higher Education (Paul Voosen 2016)0

Posted by Admin in on May 10, 2016

An American scholar. A Mexican village. The U.S. military. What could go wrong?

On most maps, Tiltepec doesn’t look like much. A Zapotec village of several hundred indigenous people, Tiltepec clings to the steep slopes of the Sierra Juárez, a formidable range in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Its people have lived there for generations in relative isolation under the shadow of Cerro Negro, where once their ancestors forced conquistadors off a cliff to the Rio Vera below. The valley teems with ancient earthen terraces, platforms, and sacred caves. Yet find Tiltepec on government maps and all you’ll see is bare topography and a name. Viewed on Google Earth, it’s even less — a few patches of white rectangles drowned in forest. For most of the world, Tiltepec might as well not exist.

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Visual Methodologies: Special research ethics edition (Papers)0

Posted by Admin in on April 18, 2016

“This special issue on ethical issues in visual research arose from our collective observation that there is an urgent need for researchers to share and reflect upon stories about the ethical challenges they are facing in their research, including how they have navigated the formal procedural ethics review process and how they have identified and responded to ethical challenges in their research practice. Our approach in this special issue has been to call for tales from the field that raise new questions and highlight concerns within the context of real and ongoing research rather than attempt to derive solutions to ethical problems in an abstract or decontextualized way. The overall collection is therefore one that highlights the importance of good descriptive self-reflexive accounts of ethical and methodological issues, especially in terms of what is useful for other visual researchers and also for members of research ethics boards or committees (REB/REC).”

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In this edition:

Editorial: Visual methods and ethics: Stories from the field
Susan M. Cox, Marilys Guillemin, Jenny Waycott, Deborah Warr

Re/formulating Ethical Issues for Visual Research Methods
Jenny Waycott, Marilys Guillemin, Deborah Joy Warr, Susan Cox, Sarah Drew, Catherine Howell

Ethical issues in the use of video observations with people with advanced dementia and their caregivers in nursing home environments
Gloria Puurveen, Alison Phinney, Susan Cox, Barbara Purvest

Adding the agentic capacities of visual materials to visual research ethics
Kim McLeod, Marilys Guillemin

Visual Embodiment of Psychosis: Ethical Concerns in Performing Difficult Experiences
Katherine Mary Boydell, Carmela Solimine, Siona Siona

Beneficence and contemporary art: when aesthetic judgment meets ethical judgment
Barbara Ruth Bolt

Making the visual invisible: exploring creative forms of dissemination that respect anonymity but retain impact
Dawn Mannay

Poor places, powerful people? Co-producing cultural counter-representations of place.
Ellie Byrne, Eva Elliott, Gareth Williams

Digital Ethnographic Techniques in Domestic Spaces: Notes on Methods and Ethics
Bjorn Nansen, Jenny Kennedy, Michael Arnold, Martin Gibbs, Rowan Wilken

Digital storytelling, image-making and self-representation: Building digital literacy as an ethical response for supporting Aboriginal young peoples’ digital identities
Fran Edmonds, Michelle Evans, Scott McQuire, Richard Chenhall