What is it about?

This paper explores the dynamics between a male researcher and a male participant when they talk about unwanted male childlessness. It also explores the ethical risk, emotional labour and professional harm in academic settings. Childless men are, compared to women, mostly excluded from mainstream media and geographical, gerontological, psychological, reproductive and sociological research. Over the past 15 years, research literature on both involuntary childlessness and ageing has highlighted the lack of material on men’s experience. Consequently, what men feel and think about becoming a dad are invisible.

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Why is it important?

There are few studies that examine the interactions when male researchers interview men. The paper illustrates how physical, emotional and ethical dangers affect one’s sense of self. It presents a case for ethical standards to be applied to all academic locations where research is presented.


I hope this article makes people consider the dynamics involved when men interview men on personal and sensitive topics. Moreover, I hope people seriously consider the ethical practice of 'do no harm' in wider academic settings other than data collection.

Dr Robin A Hadley
Manchester Metropolitan University

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This page is a summary of: Men and me(n), Methodological Innovations, May 2020, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/2059799120918336.
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