Researching the Vulnerable: A Guide to Sensitive Research Methods

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SAGE, 2006 M12 11 - 256 pages
′This book is refreshing, both as an addition to the general literature and as a text that considers cultural and social issues in studies relating to improving the situation of vulnerable people.... [T]his book will be a helpful, accessible and interesting resource for novice and experienced researchers alike in a number of fields′ - Nurse Researcher

′Pranee Liamputtong has offered a well organized, clear and accessible work in Researching the Vulnerable...this book can offer very good guidance to the postgraduate student who is willing to focus in qualitative research methods, but also to an experienced researcher who may consider testing out its procedures or eventually is attempting to put into practice innovative qualitative research procedures′ - Sociological Research Online

Researching Vunerable People takes as its starting point the particular considerations and sensitivities of being a researcher faced with a subject group at the margins of society, and explores the ethical, practical and methodological implications of working with such groups.

Pranee Liamputtong is an experienced textbook author, and in this book she attempts to explore qualitative methods using examples, drawn from around the world, from the wide variety of contexts that might count as ′researching the vulnerable′. Numerous salient points for the conduct of research within vulnerable groups of people, including ethical and moral issues, are considered, and discussed in the context of sensitive and innovative research methods.

 

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Contents

Introduction to Researching Vulnerable People
1
Chapter 2 Moral and Ethical Issues in Researching Vulnerable People
23
Procedural Sensibilities
47
Chapter 4 The Sensitive and Vulnerable Researcher
71
Chapter 5 Traditional Interviewing Research Methods Appropriate for Researching Vulnerable People
95
Chapter 6 Flexible and Collaborative Investigative Methods
118
Chapter 7 Innovative and Alternative Research Methods in Consideration
140
Chapter 8 RePresentation of Vulnerable Voices Writing Research Findings
164
A Closing WordFor Now
189
Glossary
191
References
195
Index
240
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Professor Pranee Liamputtong is professor of public health, at the School of Science and Health, Western Sydney University, Australia. Her particular interests include issues related to cultural and social influences on childbearing, childrearing, motherhood, infant feeding practices, and reproductive and sexual health. Her current research also includes HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, and sexuality. She has published several books and a large number of papers in these areas. She is a qualitative researcher, and written and edited a number of research method books. Two of her methods books have been adopted widely nationally and internationally, and these include Qualitative Research Methods, 4th ed (Oxford University Press, 2013), and Research Methods in Health: Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice (Oxford University Press, 2010, 2013, 2017).

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