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Researchers and their 'subjects'Ethics, power, knowledge and consent$
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Marie Smyth and Catherine Bond

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345141

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345141.001.0001

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(p.211) Conclusion
Researchers and their 'subjects'

Marie Smyth

Emma Williamson

Policy Press

This book has examined the relationship between researchers and the researched from an ethical perspective. It demonstrated that the very terms of ‘researcher’ and ‘participant’ create a distinction that is not always present in real life. Participants and service-users can be researchers and researchers and can also be participants. By aiming to conduct research that addresses the association between researchers and participants, a number of contributors have illustrated how the distinction between those involved in the research process can be broken down, challenged and as a result a more reflexive research can be achieved.

Keywords:   researchers, researched, ethical perspective, relationship, participant, researchers and participants, reflexive research

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