Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 101–106 | Cite as

Internal Confidentiality: When Confidentiality Assurances Fail Relational Informants

  • Martin Tolich


This research note explores a limit in the principle of confidentiality, demonstrating how informants' connected relationships can lead to impaired or diminished autonomy. Insiders may recognize what other insiders have said to a researcher in a private interview. Internal confidentiality is distinct from external confidentiality, which assures protection against identification by those who were not subjects of the research.

confidentiality relational informants 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social WorkMassey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand

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