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Doing political ethnography in a difficult climate: a Turkish case study

Tittensor, David 2016, Doing political ethnography in a difficult climate: a Turkish case study, Ethnography, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 213-228, doi: 10.1177/1466138116631999.

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Title Doing political ethnography in a difficult climate: a Turkish case study
Author(s) Tittensor, DavidORCID iD for Tittensor, David orcid.org/0000-0002-0719-873X
Journal name Ethnography
Volume number 17
Issue number 2
Start page 213
End page 228
Total pages 16
Publisher SAGE publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1466-1381
1741-2714
Keyword(s) informed consent
reciprocity
trust
friendship
rapport
Turkey
ethics
Science & Technology
Social Sciences
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Anthropology
Sociology
Summary In recent times, there has been a great deal of soul-searching about terms such as ‘deception’ and ‘informed consent’ and, consequently, ethics review boards have applied the biomedical ethics model to the ethnographic endeavour and the wider social sciences. However, these new strictures are problematic, particularly when undertaking politically sensitive research. Drawing on 13 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Turkey on the maligned religious organization known as the Gu ̈len Movement, this paper will argue that informed consent is not always the most appropriate approach when researching hard-to-reach or hidden communities. Rather, it will seek to illustrate that rapport, trust, friendship and reciprocity are worthy substitutes.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1466138116631999
Field of Research 1601 Anthropology
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Author(s)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30082426

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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