Conducting Research in Difficult, Dangerous, and/or Vulnerable Contexts: Messy Narratives From the Field

Brittany L. Peterson, Oana B. Albu, Kirsten Foot, Darvelle Hutchins, Jack Qiu, Craig R. Scott, Michael Stohl, Sarah J. Tracy

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Abstract

Organizational communication scholars have historically conducted research in large for-profit businesses, governmental agencies, and a few high-profile nonprofits/NGOs—all of which are relatively easy to access and presumably “safe” to study. It is largely unsurprising, then, that limited scholarship addresses the challenges associated with conducting research in less standard contexts that are often perceived to be difficult, dangerous, and/or vulnerable (DDV). In this forum, we offer lived stories—unfiltered messy narratives—to demystify three core ethical challenges inherent in conducting research of this nature and share how we (imperfectly) navigated them. In addition, we offer practical strategies for conducting research in DDV contexts. Taken together, our overall collective aim is to successfully prepare future scholars to conduct research projects in DDV contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-204
Number of pages31
JournalManagement Communication Quarterly
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Access
  • ethnography
  • fieldwork
  • interviewing
  • risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Strategy and Management

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