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‘Like the stranger at a funeral who cries more than the bereaved’: ethical dilemmas in ethnographic research with children

Okyere, Samuel

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Samuel Okyere



Abstract

This article contributes to debates on the practicality and utility of prior ethical review in ethnography and qualitative research using an ethnography of children’s involvement in artisanal gold mining work in Ghana as a case study. Reflecting on dilemmas and obstacles encountered in attempts to employ prescribed institutional ethical guidance modelled for childhood research in the UK during the fieldwork, the discussion brings to attention some of the problems that can arise when ethical guidance is not anchored in the lived realities or value systems of the setting in which fieldwork is conducted. The article seeks to rejuvenate calls for more flexible and socio-culturally responsive ethical review and practice as an alternative to the prescriptive ethical regimes.

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Okyere, S. (2017). ‘Like the stranger at a funeral who cries more than the bereaved’: ethical dilemmas in ethnographic research with children. Qualitative Research, doi:10.1177/1468794117743464

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 13, 2017
Online Publication Date Nov 30, 2017
Publication Date Oct 30, 2017
Deposit Date Dec 8, 2017
Publicly Available Date Dec 8, 2017
Journal Qualitative Research
Print ISSN 1468-7941
Electronic ISSN 1741-3109
Publisher SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794117743464
Keywords childhood, ethical review, ethnography, informed consent, research ethics
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/48618
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1468794117743464
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
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