Media Activist Research Ethics

Media Activist Research Ethics

Edited by Sandra Jeppesen and Paola Sartoretto, 2020 - This is the 13th title in the Palgrave/IAMCR book series Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research.

This volume maps complex ethical dilemmas in social justice research practices in media and communication. Contributors critically analyse power dynamics that arise when building equitable research relations with media activists, social movements, and cultural producers, considering issues of access, control, affective labour, reciprocal critiques, and movement pedagogies. Authors probe the ethical challenges faced when horizontal relations inadvertently create conflicts leading to oppressive communication; when affective demands generate non-reciprocal relations of care; and when participant anonymity has to be balanced with self-expression and voice. Chapters explore engagements with digital technologies in developing research relations, covering new research practices from horizontal collectives to dialogical auto-ethnography; from community scholarship and pedagogies to decolonising research. The book asks researchers to consider the complexities of ethical practices today in socially engaged global research within the neoliberal university.  

This book:

  • Encourages researchers to consider the complexities of ethical practices in socially engaged research 
  • Considers the emerging role of digital technology in developing relationships with research participants
  • Explores the ethical dilemmas experienced by research activists in the field of media and communication  

Sandra Jeppesen is Associate Professor in Media, Film, and Communications at Lakehead University, Canada.

Paola Sartoretto is Assistant Professor at Jönköping University, Sweden, and a member of IAMCR.

  • IAMCR members are entitled to a special 35% discount on all titles in the series. If you are a member of IAMCR, email with "global transformations discount" as the subject of your message for details on how to get your discount.


  1. Introduction: Mapping Questions of Power and Ethics in Media Activist Research Practices - Jeppesen, Sandra (et al.)
  2. Research Ethics: Critical Reflections on Horizontal Media Activism Research Practices - Jeppesen, Sandra
  3. Dealing with Ethical Dilemmas in Activist Research on Social Movement Media - Sartoretto, Paola (et al.)
  4. Challenges for Social Movement Research in Contexts of Inequality: The MST in Brazil - Lima, Mayrá S. (et al.)
  5. Denaturalizing Research Practices: (Re)Signifying Subject Positions Through Decolonial Theories - Martins, Vera (et al.)
  6. Disrupting Settler Colonialism and Oppression in Media and Policy-Making: A View from the Community Media Advocacy Centre - King, Gretchen
  7. Wearing Multiple Reflexive Hats: The Ethical Complexities of Media-Oriented Community Engaged Learning - Smeltzer, Sandra
  8. The Ethics of Reciprocal Communication - Velkova, Julia
  9. Researcher Ethics: Between Axiological Reasoning and Scientific Discussion - Tuncel, Gökçe
  10. Difficult Choices: Application of Feminist Ethics of Care in Action Research - Kalinina, Ekaterina
  11. The Ethics of Media Research with Refugees - Siapera, Eugenia (et al.)
  12. Challenges of Ongoing Conflict Research: Dialogic Autoethnography in Studies of Post-2014 Ukraine - Yurchuk, Yuliya (et al.)

The above text is from the publisher's description of the book.

Title: Media Activist Research Ethics
Editors: Sandra Jeppesen and Paola Sartoretto
Published: 2020
Pages: 276