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Ethical  Quandaries

The book opens up a space of frank discussion about the often unsettling, messy realities of ethical decision-making in the thick of social research. All the contributors write in the first person about personal experiences of research. They expose tensions within professional codes of ethics, as well as a range of dilemmas that arose when personal ethical convictions jostled with disciplinary and institutional ethical imperatives. The book is unique in spanning a range of research scenarios, qualitative and quantitative, across different disciplines, fields of study and institutional settings. The book will be of interest to all social researchers - in universities, NGOs and other applied milieu - working in fields of research structured by hierarchies of difference and conditions of inequality.

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Format : 210mm x 148mm
Pages : 320
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2489-6
Publish Year : January 2015
Rights : World Rights
  1. Opening up the quandaries of research ethics: beyond the formalities of institutional ethical review
    Deborah Posel and Fiona Ross
  2. Layers of watching and protection in research with children
    Rachel Bray
  3. The cost of action: large-scale, longitudinal quantitative research with AIDS-affected children in South Africa
    Lucie Cluver et al
  4. Who benefits from research? ethical dilemmas in compensation in anthropology and public health
    Christopher Colvin
  5. Staying silent when we should speak up: informed consent and the interface between ethics as regulation and ethics in practice
    Jantina de Vries and Lesley Henley
  6. Transnational excursions: the ethics of northern anthropological investigations going south
    Leslie London and Helen McDonald
  7. My best participants' informed consent
    Zethu Matebeni
  8. Friends in the field
    Sakhumzi Mfecane
  9. Ethical quandaries in empirical, socio-legal research
    Sindiso Mnisi Weeks
  10. In depth, out of my depth: research and care in the field of HIV/AIDS research
    Deborah Posel
  11. Ethical entailments: publics and responsibilities in social research
    Fiona Ross and Jennifer Grant
  12. Writing psychotherapy
    Sally Swartz
  13. The ethics of distaste in the field
    Ilana van Wyk
  14. When knowledge turns to evidence and silence won't do
    Anna Versfeld
  15. Real friends and fake friends: Research relationships in an era of global social media
    Marion Walton and Silke Hassreiter
  16. The weight of a photographer's 'value backpack': an interview with Paul Weinberg.
    Paul Weinberg, Deborah Posel and Fiona Ross
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