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The paradox from within: research participants doing-being-observed

Hazel, Spencer

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Spencer Hazel



Abstract

This article analyses a collection of cases from video recordings of naturally occurring interaction in institutional settings, where members display an orientation to the presence of the recording equipment. Such instances have been treated elsewhere as evidence of contamination of the ecology of the setting. The findings suggest that participants do remain aware of the recording activity, but that they publicly display when they are attending to it. Indeed, it is used as one resource to occasion identity work as competent, knowledgeable members of a particular institutional community, displaying to one another their understanding of the research aims, and their knowledge of how these kinds of data are constituted. Investigating how observational research is oriented to and constituted by the observed allows for a better understanding of what at that moment and in that setting is deemed recording-appropriate or -inappropriate conduct, and offers a more nuanced perspective on how data are co-constituted.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 3, 2015
Journal Qualitative Research
Print ISSN 1468-7941
Electronic ISSN 1741-3109
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 4
APA6 Citation Hazel, S. (2015). The paradox from within: research participants doing-being-observed. Qualitative Research, 16(4), https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794115596216
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794115596216
Keywords conversation analysis, observer's paradox, research methods, situated activities, social identity construction
Publisher URL http://qrj.sagepub.com/content/16/4/446
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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