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Negotiations and Research Bargains: Bending Professional Norms in the Effort to Gain Field Access
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Police Education Unit at Umeå University.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1440-0470
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8517-0313
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3253-7243
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.

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Sage Publications, 2018. Vol. 17, no 1, p. 1-11
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field access, ethnography, police, Robert Merton, qualitative research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-146931DOI: 10.1177/1609406918770033ISI: 000431711000001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-146931DiVA, id: diva2:1200326
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-00700Available from: 2018-04-24 Created: 2018-04-24 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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