Sharing Oral History With Arctic Indigenous Communities: Ethical Implications of Bringing Back Research Results

Lukas Allemann, Stephan Dudeck

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Abstract

This article discusses ethical implications when sharing results in oral history research. We look at a case study of an Arctic community in Russian Lapland dealing with boarding school experiences. Bringing back research results about this topic provoked diverse reactions. We examine how the social life of stories and the social life of research are interconnected. By questioning the strict applicability of preformulated ethical research principles, we conclude that bringing back research results poses an opportunity to negotiate an appropriate form of reciprocity in research and to gain a deeper understanding of social processes in the communities under study. We identify principles of long-term engagement, collaborative methodologies, and inclusion into the cultural intimacy of the participating community as preconditions for a robust ground for ethics in oral history research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to) 890 –906
Number of pages17
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Volume25
Issue number9-10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • sharing of research results
  • oral history
  • consent
  • research ethics
  • collaborative methodology

Field of science

  • Social anthropology

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