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Deception as a moral project: Covert research and the construction of the ethical-self

Tarrabain, Chloe

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In this chapter, the author explores the ethical continuum through a reflection on her own “identity work” during her fieldwork, considering how the ethics of doing covert research are always complex, situated and political. She considers how the power dynamics within the organization are closely interlaced with the extent of her non-disclosure and her closeness to the research participants. Drawing on the concept of reflexive ethics, the author considers how her own process of becoming an ethical researcher is embedded in the research process itself, thus her identity and ethics are co-constructed through research practice. The ethical conduct of a researcher is an inescapable and integral part of research practice. Labelling covert research as unethical is reductive of the complexity of the social world and urges a move towards ethics that are located in the context of the research.

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Tarrabain, C. (2022). Deception as a moral project: Covert research and the construction of the ethical-self. In J. Pandeli, N. Sutherland, & H. Gaggiotti (Eds.), Organisational Ethnography: An Experiential and Practical Guide (115-126). London: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Online Publication Date Feb 17, 2023
Publication Date Feb 18, 2022
Deposit Date Mar 13, 2023
Publicly Available Date Aug 19, 2023
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Pages 115-126
Edition 1st
Book Title Organisational Ethnography: An Experiential and Practical Guide
Chapter Number 8
ISBN 9780367898670; 9780367898687
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/10550441
Publisher URL https://www.routledge.com/Organizational-Ethnography-An-Experiential-and-Practical-Guide/Pandeli-Sutherland-Gaggiotti/p/book/9780367898687

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This is the authors accepted manuscript of the book chapter ‘Tarrabain, C. (2022). Deception as a moral project: Covert research and the construction of the ethical-self. In Organisational Ethnography: An Experiential and Practical Guide (115-126). London: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)’.

The final published version is available here: https://www.routledge.com/Organizational-Ethnography-An-Experiential-and-Practical-Guide/Pandeli-Sutherland-Gaggiotti/p/book/9780367898687







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