Tackling sensitive and controversial topics in social research - sensitivity of the field

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Urszula Markowska-Manista
Katarzyna Górak-Sosnowska


The article discusses issues concerning sensitive topics in diverse social research, primarily connected with sensitive field research. The authors first analyse issues concerning sensitive topics and then move on to discuss examples of socially sensitive research in difficult research-related situations and areas. They also focus on the complex situation of a social researcher conducting research in sensitive, socially, culturally and politically diverse contexts, including in the context of education.


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Markowska-Manista, U., & Górak-Sosnowska, K. (2022). Tackling sensitive and controversial topics in social research - sensitivity of the field. Society Register, 6(2), 7-16. https://doi.org/10.14746/sr.2022.6.2.01
Author Biographies

Urszula Markowska-Manista, University of Warsaw

Urszula Markowska-Manista, PhD – is a field researcher in education in culturally diversified environments and indigenous childhoods and youth studies concerning children’s rights. She was the director (FU Berlin 2016) and co-director (2017-2021 FH Potsdam) of the MA Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights (MACR) international programme and is an assistant professor at the University of Warsaw (Faculty of Education). She has conducted extensive field research in Central Africa, Horn of Africa, the South Caucasus and Central Europe, and recently conducted research within an international project PARTICIPA EU.

Katarzyna Górak-Sosnowska, SGH Warsaw School of Economics

Katarzyna  Górak-Sosnowska  is  an  associate  professor  and  head  of  the  Middle  East  and  Central  Asia  Unit, SGH Warsaw School of Economics. Her research focuses on Muslim communities in Poland and Europe.  PI  in  Let’s Empower, Participate and Teach each other to Hype Empathy. Challenging discourse about Islam and Muslims in Poland (EMPATHY) funded by the European Commission, 2022–2023).


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