I thought… I saw… I heard…: the ethical and moral tensions of auto/biographically opportunistic research in public spaces

Hayes, Tracy (2020) I thought… I saw… I heard…: the ethical and moral tensions of auto/biographically opportunistic research in public spaces. In: The Palgrave MacMillan Handbook of Auto/Biography. Palgrave Macmillan, London.

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Abstract

There are ethical and moral tensions inherent in studies that utilise auto/biographically opportunistic methods. The researcher may live/work alongside participants, walking the same streets, developing personal connections with the social settings, groups and individuals being studied. To do this ethically demands explicit and reflexive self-observation, sensitivity and awareness of the relational nature of research. I discuss these tensions in relation to findings from my qualitative study into young people’s relationship with nature, using a short story that blends data from informal interviews with naturalistic observations in public spaces. Drawing from creative and auto/ethnographical research methods, and applying the concept of the sociological imagination to explore the complexities of this approach, I argue it is a valid and appropriate way to research the role of space, place and nature in auto/biographical accounts whilst remaining cognisant of our own values, beliefs and emotions.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 978-3-030-31973-1
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Departments: Academic Departments > Institute of Education (IOE) > Initial Teacher Education (ITE)
Depositing User: Christian Stretton
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2020 10:47
Last Modified: 22 May 2022 01:23
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5367

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