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Kihlberg, Robert
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Rantatalo, O., Lindberg, O., Kihlberg, R. & Hällgren, M. (2018). Negotiations and Research Bargains: Bending Professional Norms in the Effort to Gain Field Access. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 17(1), 1-11
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Negotiations and Research Bargains: Bending Professional Norms in the Effort to Gain Field Access
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Methods, ISSN 1609-4069, E-ISSN 1609-4069, Vol. 17, no 1, p. 1-11Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study provides an autoethnographic account of the efforts to gain field access to a police organization, spanning more than 2 years. The aim is to describe a case of gaining access in relation to the professional norms of science put forward by Robert K. Merton. Aided by an organized record of notes, e-mails, and other written communications regarding access (144 memos of various types), the study describes and discusses the negotiations with Mertonian norms that followed from the dissonance between ideals of research and practical reality. Opening up for further scholarly discussion, this article concludes that Merton’s norms are incongruent with both prevailing guidelines of research ethics and with the practical, short-term problems of access negotiations and research bargains.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2018
Keywords
field access, ethnography, police, Robert Merton, qualitative research
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-146931 (URN)10.1177/1609406918770033 (DOI)000431711000001 ()
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-00700
Available from: 2018-04-24 Created: 2018-04-24 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
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