Name that Community? Critical Reflections on the Ethics about Disseminating Research into Online Fetish Communities

Heritage, Frazer (2022) Name that Community? Critical Reflections on the Ethics about Disseminating Research into Online Fetish Communities. Journal of Positive Sexuality. (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper explores the ethics of analysing extant online data from a sex-positive perspective. The author presents a case study of a research project exploring the sexual practices of an online community who did not want to be identified. On analysis of the data, it was found that members of the community could be identified, and that using a pseudonym for the community would not have provided sufficient anonymisation. The paper takes a multidisciplinary approach to exploring some of the ethical challenges of online research and argues for the need to consider ethical implication at every stage of the research process

Item Type: Article
Dates:
DateEvent
8 June 2022Accepted
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethics, online research, academic publishing, research dissemination
Subjects: CAH00 - multidisciplinary > CAH00-00 - multidisciplinary > CAH00-00-00 - multidisciplinary
CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-01 - psychology (non-specific)
CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-02 - sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Frazer Heritage
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2022 14:36
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2022 14:36
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13288

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