Category Archives: Philosophy and Theory of Research

Facebook, online research and explicit consent: values in action

So Facebook conducted research via (according to the Wall st Journal) its internal ‘Data Science Team’ which is apparently not affiliated or endorsed by a third party research body or institution. Facebook used its existing terms of service as an ethical umbrella under which to operate, … Continue reading

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Futher adventures in Feminism

Interaction, exploration and reflection in online ‘feminist’ discussion spaces. A continuation of the previous post – feminism-masculinity-and-online-discussion-forums/ I am not assuming that this one forum is representative of feminist ideals online or otherwise, but it’s very active, well established and well contributed to, and … Continue reading

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Feminism, masculinity and online discussion forums

So, I have been looking at a Canadian online blog on feminism (feministcurrent.com) in the course of researching angles for a future dissertation involving male interactions with feminism. In particular I want to look at the relationship that men have … Continue reading

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Online Autism: a search for identity?

In a recent small-scale study for my Masters of Research, I looked at the discussions within an online discussion forum for autism related issues. I won’t reproduce the data here (ethical reasons) but I gained some interesting and unexpected insights. Whether the … Continue reading

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The challenge of developing bespoke methodologies from theoretical origins

So in a recent essay I tried to ‘hand-pick’ methodological principles and processes from existing methodologies such as discourse analysis, conversation analysis, foucauldian discourse and grounded theory. The results were more a useful exploration than successful! My main concern at … Continue reading

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A short long essay on the subject of ‘aporia’ in research…

This long post is an extension of an essay (3500 words) on the subject of ‘aporia’ in research – what it has meant and the ideas it has represented. The essay was written in Feb 2014 during study for the MRes in … Continue reading

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Methodological Challenges in the Politics of Research

The following are ideas stimulated and discussed during an MRes seminar on the 28/11/13 conducted by Geoff Bright & John Schostak at MMU in Didsbury. How are ethical considerations (for the researcher and the researched) impacting on the quality and content of … Continue reading

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