Projects with People, Participant-Coercion and the Autoethnographical Invite

John Freeman

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The aim of this article is twofold. It describes a long-term relationship with a not-for-profit organisation in the UK, focusing on a particular project that used drama as a tool for building self-confidence and employability. At the same time it reviews autoethnography as a research method, describing its distinctive features and questioning the relationship between empathy and exploitation, informed consent and coercive participant-manipulation. This aspect will be couched, at least in part, in terms of its own autoethnographical journey, one that interrogates the insider/outsider status of researchers whose work does not always sit comfortably within a context of identity, identification and the increasing pressure to develop work that takes place behind closed doors into public-facing outputs.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20/2
Pages (from-to)85-103
Number of pages19
JournalCanadian Journal of Action Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2020


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