[Air-L] Pro-ana websites research

Antonio A. Casilli Antonio.Casilli at ehess.fr
Mon Mar 1 23:33:28 PST 2010

Hi all,

As part of a research project at the EHESS (School for Advanced Studies in
Social Sciences, Paris), my team and I are running a study on users of
pro-ana / pro-mia websites in France and UK. The approach mainly brings
together social network analysis and qualitative fieldworks.

We would love to hear from people working on pro-ana blogs, forums and SNS
targeting teenagers and young adults. Ethical implications are
particularly challenging at this stage of our project, as they overcome
the domain of ED-related online communities. Parental consent for younger
respondents, for instance, seems to represent a major setback given the
biases it might introduce in sample recruitment. Potential consequences
for participants (being rushed to out their pro-ED identity to their
parents if they want to take part in the study) should also be addressed.

If, in the course of your own resarch, you have faced the same issues, how
did you deal with them?

Cheers for now,

Antonio A. Casilli
(ANAMIA ANR Project)
Centre Edgar-Morin
Institut Interdisciplinaire d'Anthropologie du Contemporain
22, rue d'Athènes
75009 - Paris
email: antonio.casilli at ehess.fr
webpage: http://www.iiac.cnrs.fr/cetsah/spip.php?article26
blog: http://www.bodyspacesociety.eu/

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