Risky business: mapping ethical landscapes and negotiating governance tensions when researching female offending

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Quadrelli, Carol and Robertson-Stainsby, Debra. 2013. "Risky business: mapping ethical landscapes and negotiating governance tensions when researching female offending." Tauri, Juan and Richards, Kelly (ed.) 2nd International Conference Crime, Justice and Social Democracy (2013). Brisbane, Australia 2013 Australia.
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Risky business: mapping ethical landscapes and negotiating governance tensions when researching female offending

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsQuadrelli, Carol (Author) and Robertson-Stainsby, Debra (Author)
EditorsTauri, Juan and Richards, Kelly
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 2nd International Conference Crime, Justice and Social Democracy (2013)
Number of Pages10
Year2013
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISBN9780987467843
Conference/Event2nd International Conference Crime, Justice and Social Democracy (2013)
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2nd International Conference Crime, Justice and Social Democracy (2013)
Event Date
2013
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
Abstract

Whilst there is an excellent and growing body of literature around female criminality underpinned by feminist methodologies, the nitty gritty of the methodological journey is nowhere as well detailed as it is in the context of the Higher Degree Research (HDR) thesis. Thus the purpose of this paper is threefold: i) to explore a range of feminist methodologies underpinning 20 Australian HDR theses focussing on female criminality; ii) to identify and map the governance/ethics tensions experienced by these researchers whilst undertaking high risk research in the area of female offending; and iii) to document strategies drawn from negotiations, resolutions and outcomes to a range of gate-keeping issues. By exploring the strategies used by these researchers, this paper aims to: promote discussion on feminist methodologies; highlight pathways that may be created when negotiating the challenging process of accessing data pertinent to this relatively understudied area; contribute to a community of practice; and provide useful insights into what Mason & Stubbs (2010:16) refer to as 'the open and honest reflexivity through the research process by describing the assumptions, and hiccups' for future researchers navigating governance landscapes.

Keywordsfeminist methodologies, ethics, female offending
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440502. Feminist methodologies
440209. Gender and crime
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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