The Method of Ethics-as-Process : Embracing Ambivalence in Research on Childhood and Deportability

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The Method of Ethics-as-Process : Embracing Ambivalence in Research on Childhood and Deportability
Author Lind, Jacob
Research Centre Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM)
Date 2017
English abstract
Even though ethics should not be instrumentalised, discussing ethical issues with participants and gatekeepers can nevertheless lead to new knowledge. Through examples from eth- nographic research among children and families fearing deporta- tion in Birmingham, UK and Malmö, Sweden, this article reflects upon how an ethics-as-process approach can become part of the knowledge production itself in sensitive and politicised research contexts. This is a result of the ambivalent nature of ethnographic research with vulnerable groups and the article therefore encourag- es researchers to embrace the ambivalences of co-constructing the field, working with gatekeepers and establishing trust and consent to enable a more transparent and reflexive knowledge production. In conclusion, it is suggested that the increased politicisation of the issue of child and family migration will make necessary that researchers, who wish to embrace this ambivalence, align with the self-expressed struggle of participants to enable high-quality partici- patory research among these groups.
DOI https://doi.org/10.14422/mig.i42.y2017.005 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link https://doi.org/10.14422/mig.i42.y2017.005 .Icon
Publisher Universidad Pontificia de Comillas Instituto Universitario de Estudios sobre Migraciones
Host/Issue Migraciones;
Volume 42
ISSN 2341-0833
Language eng (iso)
Subject Ethics-as-process
ethnography
deportability
childhood
ambivalence
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/24091 Permalink to this page
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