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Using Participant-Produced Drawings as an Alternative to Photographs in Ethnographic Research

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Angela MazzettiORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Emerald Publishing Limited, 2020.

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In this chapter I explore the ethical challenge of preserving participant anonymity when using visual methods in ethnographic research. Referring to my own ethnographic study in post-conflict Northern Ireland, I explore the how social, cultural and political contexts may accentuate the need to preserve anonymity. discuss my rationale for opting not to use photographs in this context and put forward the case for using participant-produced drawings as an alternative to photographs. Drawings accomplish similar rich benefits as photographs but may ameliorate the ethical challenges inherent in photographic work of maintaining participant anonymity.

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Author(s): Mazzetti AS

Editor(s): Dodd, S

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Ethics and Integrity in Visual Research Methods

Year: 2020

Volume: 5

Pages: 29-42

Online publication date: 05/06/2020

Acceptance date: 29/10/2019

Series Title: Advances in Research Ethics and Integrity

Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited


DOI: 10.1108/S2398-601820200000005005

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781787694200