Co-Construction and Field Creation: Website Development as both an Instrument and Relationship in Action Research

Co-Construction and Field Creation: Website Development as both an Instrument and Relationship in Action Research

Maximilian Forte (University College of Cape Breton, Canada)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 27
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-152-0.ch012
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Abstract

Ethnographic research ethics involved in bridging offline and online modes of action research are the focal point of this chapter, written from an anthropological perspective. The specific form of action research in this case study is that of website development. The author argues that online action research, and Web development as a research tool and relationship in ethnographic research are still very much neglected areas of concern, with respect to both virtual ethnography and traditional forms of field work. In this chapter, the argument put forth is that while traditional offline research ethics are still applicable, especially in the offline dimension of research that precedes collaborative Web development, online modes of action research involve substantively different and more fluid conceptions of research ethics, rights and responsibilities for all parties concerned.

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