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Malin Arvidson. Photo: Patrik Hekkala

Malin Arvidson

Senior lecturer

Malin Arvidson. Photo: Patrik Hekkala

Ethics, intimacy and distance in longitudinal, qualitative research: Experiences from Reality Check Bangladesh

Author

  • Malin Arvidson

Summary, in English

This article contributes to debates about ethical and methodological dilemmas experienced in international development studies. It departs from a research experience based on a longitudinal study, the Reality Check Approach, that puts intimacy, immersion and consensus at its core. These concepts signify an ethically motivated approach that aims to give voice' to people living in poverty. They also describe an ideal research relationship assumed as the basis for good quality data. The article examines the difficulties encountered when faced with ambiguous meanings in people's responses, and shortcomings of the approach. These include the combining of ethical and instrumental motivations in the research framework and ambivalent roles and conflicting ethics, highlighted in the conflictual notions of giving someone space to talk' and making someone talk'.

Department/s

  • School of Social Work

Publishing year

2013

Language

English

Publication/Series

Progress in Development Studies

Volume

13

Issue

4

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Topic

  • Social Work

Keywords

  • Longitudinal
  • qualitative
  • ethics
  • intimacy
  • Bangladesh
  • immersion
  • research relationships

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1477-027X