Exploring breast cancer bloggers’ lived experiences of ‘survivorship’ : the ethics of gaining access, analysing discourse and fulfilling academic requirements

Ure, CM ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5021-1947 2018, 'Exploring breast cancer bloggers’ lived experiences of ‘survivorship’ : the ethics of gaining access, analysing discourse and fulfilling academic requirements' , in: Doing Research In and On the Digital : research methods across fields of inquiry , Routledge Advances in Research Methods (25) , Routledge, pp. 66-82.

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Abstract

This chapter reflects on the ethical challenges arising from a study, carried out for an MSc-level dissertation, which used personal blogs written by women living with and beyond breast cancer. It explores how women blogged about their experiences of breast cancer 'survivorship' through the analysis of blogged discourses used to position 'self' in relation to 'survivorship' and living with and beyond breast cancer. The chapter argues that as consent was already provided by the blog author, further consents from blog commenters were not required, notwithstanding the practical challenges of seeking consent from a wide body of people involved 'by association' in a research project. It accounts for how an inductive approach to addressing issues relating to 'ethics in practice' was used to address challenges arising from an analysis of breast cancer blogs written by women living with and beyond the disease.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Costa, C and Condie, J
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Publisher: Routledge
Series Name: Routledge Advances in Research Methods
ISBN: 9780367460150 (paperback); 9781138673915 (hardback); 9781315561622 (ebook)
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Depositing User: CM Ure
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2020 13:20
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2020 13:21
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/51424

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