Visual research ethics at the crossroads

Wiles, R, Clark, AJ ORCID: and Prosser, J 2011, 'Visual research ethics at the crossroads' , in: The SAGE Handbook of Visual Research Methods , Sage, pp. 685-706.

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This chapter provides an overview of the debates and practices that shape visual research ethics. We outline the requirements and expectations of institutional ethics review boards and legal frameworks, for example, regarding filming and photographing in public and issues of copyright. We contend that legal and institutional requirements should not be the sole determinants when making decisions about ethics, but rather must be situated within the research context and accommodated in a researcher’s individual moral framework. We suggest that visual methods, and the data they produce, challenge some of the ethical practices associated with word- and number-based research, in particular around informed consent, anonymity, and confidentiality, and dissemination strategies. Overall, we argue that research ethics are contested, dynamic and contextual and, as such, are best approached through detailed understanding of the concrete, everyday situations in which they are applied. The title of this chapter ‘Visual research ethics at the crossroads’ is metaphorical, indicating that visual research has reached an important juncture and signifying it is timely to take stock and consider future directions in ethical practice.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Margolis, E and Pauwels, L
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Publisher: Sage
Refereed: No
ISBN: 9781446268278
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Funders: n/a
Depositing User: AJ Clark
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2015 16:11
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 19:32

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