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Secrecy, Privacy and Accountability

Challenges for Social Research

Authors: Sheaff, Mike

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  • Offers an original and distinctive approach to combining sociological, legal, methodological and ethical issues Draws on the author’s first-hand experience of using the FOIA in his research to collect information that public bodies were reluctant to discloseProvides a key point of reference for those concerned with the potential for the Freedom of Information Act to serve as a research tool for critical social science
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About this book

Public mistrust of those in authority and failings of public organisations frame disputes over attribution of responsibility between individuals and systems. Exemplified with examples, including the Aberfan disaster, the death of Baby P, and Mid Staffs Hospital, this book explores parallel conflicts over access to information and privacy.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows access to information about public organisations but can be in conflict with the Data Protection Act, protecting personal information. Exploring the use of the FOIA as a research tool, Sheaff offers a unique contribution to the development of sociological research methods, and debates connected to privacy and secrecy in the information age. This book will provide sociologists and social scientists with a fresh perspective on contemporary issues of power and control.

About the authors

Mike Sheaff is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Plymouth, UK. 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook 41,64 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-11685-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Secrecy, Privacy and Accountability
Book Subtitle
Challenges for Social Research
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-11686-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-11686-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-11685-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 151
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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