'But I thought we were friends?' Life cycles and research relationships

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Beech, N. ; Hibbert, P. ; MacIntosh, R. ; McInnes, P. (2009)
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • Subject: H1

This chapter is concerned with a relatively under-explored aspect of ‘engaged research’ – the nature of friendship relations between researchers and practitioners, and the ethical dilemmas that arise in such relationships. Attention has been paid to the relational aspects of research in the methodology literature, but this chapter focuses more closely on friendship in particular. The chapter is framed around two guiding concerns: how do friendships, formed in and around research, change over time; and in view of friendship conceived in this dynamic fashion, what ethical questions and dilemmas arise for the ‘friends’?
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