© 2007

Researching the Margins

Strategies for Ethical and Rigorous Research With Marginalised Communities

  • Marian Pitts
  • Anthony Smith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Anthony Smith, Marian Pitts
      Pages 3-41
  3. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Mary L. O’Brien, Annie Madden
      Pages 45-65
    3. Lynne Hillier, Kelley Johnson, Rannveig Traustadóttir
      Pages 84-95
    4. Lynne Hillier, Anne Mitchell, Shelley Mallett
      Pages 114-129
    5. Jeffrey Grierson, Peter Canavan
      Pages 143-159
    6. Michael Hurley
      Pages 160-189
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 190-208

About this book


Social researchers are increasingly aware of their obligations to the 'hard to reach' communities they research. This book identifies the issues associated with researching these communities and offers both conceptual analyses and practical suggestions. The contributors are members of ARCSHS staff or drawn from the affected communities themselves.


Affect disability identity research social research

Editors and affiliations

  • Marian Pitts
    • 1
  • Anthony Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.ARCSHSAustralia
  2. 2.Australian Research CentreIn Sex, Health and SocietyAustralia

About the editors

COLETTE BROWNING is Professor of Healthy Ageing, Monash Institute of Health Services Research, Monash University, Australia PETER CANAVAN is the HIV Living Program Coordinator for the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAPWA), Australia SUE DYSON is a Research Fellow and doctoral student, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, Australia JEFFREY GRIERSON is a Senior Research Fellow, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, Australia LYNNE HILLIER is a Senior Research Fellow at ARCSHS and the recipient of a Vic Health Public Health Fellowship, Australia PHILOMENA HORSLEY is currently undertaking a PHD at the University of Melbourne, Australia MICHAEL HURLEY is a Senior Research Fellow and Postgraduate Co-ordinator at ARCSHS, Australia KELLEY JOHNSON is a Marie Curie Fellow, National Institute for Intellectual Disability, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland ANNIE MADDEN is the Executive Officer of AIVL, The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League, Australia SHELLEY MALLETT is an Anthropologist and works at the Key Centre for Women's Health in Society, University of Melbourne, Australia ANNE MITCHELL is Manager of the Community Liaison and Education Unit, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, Australia MARY O'BRIEN is an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, Youth Research Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia and is currently Chief Investigator on an ARC funded study SUSAN QUINE works in public health education and research at the University of Sydney, Australia MARK SAUNDERS works in the Community Liaison and Education Unit at ARCSHS, Australia RANNVEIG TRAUSTADÓTTIR is a Professor and Director of the Centre for Disability Studies, Faculty of Social Science, University of Iceland, Iceland JON WILLIS is a Lecturer in Indigenous Health, University of Queensland and as a Research Fellow at ARCSHS, Australia

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