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Researching the Vulnerable

Researching the Vulnerable
A Guide to Sensitive Research Methods

Research Ethics

January 2007 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book takes as its starting point the particular considerations and sensitivities of being a researcher faced with a subject group at the margins of society, and explores the ethical, practical, and methodological implications of working with such groups.

Author Pranee Liamputtong explores qualitative methods using examples, drawn from around the world, and from the wide variety of contexts that might count as 'researching the vulnerable'. Numerous salient points for the conduct of research within vulnerable groups of people, including ethical and moral issues, are considered, and discussed in the context of sensitive and innovative research methods.

This is an ideal reference for any graduate student taking a course in research methods, and PhD research training courses across the Social Sciences.

The Sensitive Researcher
Introduction to Researching Vulnerable People

Moral and Ethical Issues In Researching Vulnerable People
The Vulnerable Research Participants
Procedural Sensibilities

The Sensitive and Vulnerable Researcher
Traditional Interviewing Research Methods Appropriate for Researching Vulnerable People
Flexible and Collaborative Investigative Methods
Innovative and Alternative Research Methods in Consideration
(Re)Presentation of Vulnerable Voices
Writing Research Findings

A Closing Word...For Now

'This book is refreshing, both as an addition to the general literature and as a text that considers cultural and social issues in studies relating to improving the situation of vulnerable people…. [T]his book will be a helpful, accessible and interesting resource for novice and experienced researchers alike in a number of fields' - Nurse Researcher

'Pranee Liamputtong has offered a well organized, clear and accessible work in Researching the Vulnerable…this book can offer very good guidance to the postgraduate student who is willing to focus in qualitative research methods, but also to an experienced researcher who may consider testing out its procedures or eventually is attempting to put into practice innovative qualitative research procedures' - Sociological Research Online

This text will be very useful for students who are looking to work with participants who are classed as vulnerable. We are seeing more students taking on challenging research projects and this will be a very good text to help suppliment such research.

Miss Emma Kavanagh
Sport, Bournemouth University
December 3, 2009

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