Social network analysis: new ethical approaches through collective reflexivity (introduction to the special issue of Social Networks)

Tubaro, Paola, Ryan, Louise, Casilli, Antonio A. and D'Angelo, Alessio (2020) Social network analysis: new ethical approaches through collective reflexivity (introduction to the special issue of Social Networks). Social Networks. ISSN 0378-8733 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2020.12.001

Abstract / Description

Research in social network analysis (SNA) faces unprecedented ethical challenges today due to both technological developments (‘big’ data) and a growing tendency toward institutionalization of ethics governance. We argue that a suitable response requires a more comprehensive approach to SNA ethics, and we identify two main paths toward this goal. First, we need to recognize the breadth of the subject, no longer limited to anonymity and consent. Second, we need to encourage the active participation and contribution of SNA scholars. We advocate a need for greater reflexivity at both individual and collective levels, whereby researchers can learn from their own and their peers’ experiences, and foster a more ethically ‘virtuous’ approach within the whole SNA community.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: research ethics; social network analysis; reflexivity
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
Department: School of Social Professions (to June 2021)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Louise Ryan
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2021 09:27
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2021 09:27
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/6379

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