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Whose results are these anyway? Reciprocity and the ethics of “giving back” after social network research

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Bridging the social networks, field methods and ethics literatures, I make the case that the process of reporting research findings is an ethical issue, and recommend elevating it in the research design. I draw on a reflective account of three research experiences with settings in, respectively, online health communities, economic organizations, and the mainstream media. I proceed in steps, discussing release of personal network results to individual participants, of whole network results to the researched community, and finally of general results to wider audiences, under a unifying idea that a reciprocity obligation underlies the reporting process. I claim that communication should follow an iterative rather than a linear approach to reach all relevant stakeholders, thereby mitigating the vulnerabilities that arise from research.
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hal-02360709 , version 1 (13-11-2019)

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Paola Tubaro. Whose results are these anyway? Reciprocity and the ethics of “giving back” after social network research. Social Networks, 2021, Recent ethical challenges in social network analysis, 67, pp.65-73. ⟨10.1016/j.socnet.2019.10.003⟩. ⟨hal-02360709⟩
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