Researching controversial and sensitive issues: using visual vignettes to explore farmers' attitudes towards the control of bovine tuberculosis in England

Naylor, Rhiannon and Maye, Damian and Ilbery, Brian W and Enticott, Gareth and Kirwan, James (2014) Researching controversial and sensitive issues: using visual vignettes to explore farmers' attitudes towards the control of bovine tuberculosis in England. Area, 46 (3). pp. 285-293. ISSN 00040894

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Abstract

This paper addresses the potential difficulties associated with researching controversial and/or sensitive issues. Drawing on the findings from in-depth interviews with farmers, the paper provides a reflexive commentary on the use of visual vignettes to explore farmers’ attitudes towards the control of bovine tuberculosis in England - currently a highly controversial subject. Five short video clips were shown to interviewees to prompt discussions about different aspects of disease control, including methods to vaccinate and cull badgers. Visual vignettes have not been used widely outside the fields of health and social care. The method is used here to encourage interviewees to discuss sensitive issues related to badger control, including their trust in various stakeholders involved in the management of bovine tuberculosis, their own knowledge and understanding about disease control, and their attitudes towards control methods. The results suggest that visual vignettes have a number of advantages that could benefit research in human geography and the wider social sciences.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: England; bovine TB; badger culling; badger vaccination; visual vignettes; semi-structured interviews; controversial and/or sensitive issues; farmers’ attitudes
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S560 Farm Economics
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Computing and Applied Sciences > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Eleanor Hawketts
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2015 10:12
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2016 12:38
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2714

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