Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research - A Palgrave and IAMCR Series

Media Activist Research Ethics

Global Approaches to Negotiating Power in Social Justice Research

Editors: Jeppesen, Sandra, Sartoretto, Paola (Eds.)

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  • Encourages researchers to consider the complexities of ethical practices in socially engaged research 
  • Considers the emerging role of digital technology in developing relationships with research participants
  • Explores the ethical dilemmas experienced by research activists in the field of media and communication  
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This book maps complex ethical dilemmas in social justice research practices in media and communication. Contributors critically analyse power dynamics that arise when building equitable research relations with media activists, social movements, and cultural producers, considering issues of access, control, affective labour, reciprocal critiques, and movement pedagogies. Authors probe the ethical challenges faced when horizontal relations inadvertently create conflicts leading to oppressive communication; when affective demands generate non-reciprocal relations of care; and when participant anonymity has to be balanced with self-expression and voice. Chapters explore engagements with digital technologies in developing research relations, covering new research practices from horizontal collectives to dialogical auto-ethnography; from community scholarship and pedagogies to decolonising research. The book asks researchers to consider the complexities of ethical practices today in socially engaged global research within the neoliberal university.  


About the authors

Sandra Jeppesen is Associate Professor in Media, Film, and Communications at Lakehead University, Canada, where she held the Lakehead University Research Chair in Transformative Media and Social Movements from 2016 to 2019.

Paola Sartoretto is Assistant Professor at Jönköping University, Sweden. She has published on communicative processes within social movements, community media development, and activist knowledge production practices.   



Reviews

“Across the volume, there is a treasure trove of insights and experiences for scholars, students and activists alike. From direct engagement with social movements like the MST in Brazil, to theoretical explorations of feminism, decolonialism and horizontality, the book offers both rich practice and theoretical sophistication. A vital contribution, this volume provides scholars and students with a compass for activist-oriented research.” (Todd Wolfson, Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers School of Communication and Information)

“Finally, a book that takes ethical questions and dilemmas in media activist research seriously. It has been worth the wait. The contributions are sensitive to their research subjects while remaining critical of emerging power relations. The book is essential reading for all scholars and students of media activism.” (Anne Kaun, Associate Professor, Södertörn University, Sweden - Chair of the ICA working-group Activism Communication and Social Change)

“Media Activist Research Ethics takes a global approach to mapping ethical research activist practices with social justice objectives. It identifies key challenges with innovative contributions which investigate the global, personal, professional, activist, academic, affective, cultural, pedagogical, and institutional contradictions and tensions that can emerge during the research process. It is an absolute must for researchers conducting empirical research within social movements and media activism.” (Athina Karatzogianni, Associate Professor of Media and Communication, University of Leicester, UK)

“This book is a welcome response to our urgent need to read more about ethics. By presenting a global scope, offering practice-based experiences, and going beyond Western-centric perspectives, it provides us with a roadmap on how activist-scholars can help elevate the voices of marginalised communities in responsible and empowering ways.” (Andrea Medrado, Assistant Professor, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil; Co-Chair of the Community Communication and Alternative Media Section of IAMCR) 

“While media activism research is a growing field, there is an alarming gap in addressing questions of ethics, power and positionality. This book addresses exactly that. In bringing together an impressive group of scholars and activists, it engages with these pertinent issues, not only moving this field forward, but contributing to the broader topic of research ethics in social sciences.” (Thomas Tufte, Institute Director for the Institute for Media and Creative Industries, Loughborough University London, UK)

 

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction: Mapping Questions of Power and Ethics in Media Activist Research Practices

    Pages 1-24

    Jeppesen, Sandra (et al.)

  • Research Ethics: Critical Reflections on Horizontal Media Activism Research Practices

    Pages 27-50

    Jeppesen, Sandra

  • Dealing with Ethical Dilemmas in Activist Research on Social Movement Media

    Pages 51-66

    Sartoretto, Paola (et al.)

  • Challenges for Social Movement Research in Contexts of Inequality: The MST in Brazil

    Pages 67-86

    Lima, Mayrá S. (et al.)

  • Denaturalizing Research Practices: (Re)Signifying Subject Positions Through Decolonial Theories

    Pages 89-108

    Martins, Vera (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Media Activist Research Ethics
Book Subtitle
Global Approaches to Negotiating Power in Social Justice Research
Editors
  • Sandra Jeppesen
  • Paola Sartoretto
Series Title
Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research - A Palgrave and IAMCR Series
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-44389-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-44389-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-44388-7
Series ISSN
2634-5978
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 276
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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