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Internet racism, journalism and the principle of public access: Ethical challenges for qualitative research into ‘media attractive’ court cases
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism. (Concurrences, SUSA)
Malmö University. (SUSA)
Malmö University. (SUSA)
2016 (English)In: Ethnic and Racial Studies, ISSN 0141-9870, E-ISSN 1466-4356, Vol. 39, no 11, 1943-1961 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper addresses the risk of research exposing people with an immigrant background in criminal court cases to Internet-based racist persecution, due to mismanagement of general ethical guidelines. The principle of informed consent, ideally serving to protect people under study from harm may, in fact, cause them more harm due to the interest among certain Internet-based networks of spreading identifiable, degrading information. Arguments are based on ethically challenging experiences from two ethnographic research projects carried out in Swedish district court environments, focused on immigrant court cases. Ethical advice provided by ethical review boards and established research guidelines, were based on an unawareness of the potentially destructive rendezvous in media attractive immigrant court cases between ‘ethically informed’ research, crime journalism, freedom of information legislation and ‘Internet vigilantes’ on a quest to persecute court participants and their families in the global digital arena.

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Routledge, 2016. Vol. 39, no 11, 1943-1961 p.
Keyword [en]
Internet racism, informed consent, covert observations, research ethics, principle of public access, crime journalism
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Sociology Social Work
Research subject
Social Sciences, Sociology; Social Sciences, Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-52035DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2016.1155719ISI: 000382312800003OAI: diva2:918759
Förhandlingar i rätten och likhet inför lagenLnuC Concurrences
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P12-0405:1

The research informing the article is also funded by Concurrences Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial studies at Linnaeus University [LNU 2014/7-5.1] and the Barometern Foundation, Kalmar, Sweden.

Torun Elsrud is the main author of the article.

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