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The Handbook of Social Research Ethics (Books: Donna Mertens & Pauline E. Ginsberg 2008)0

Posted by Admin in on May 22, 2015
 

BOOK: Mertens DM and Ginsberg PE (eds) (2009) Handbook of Social Research Ethics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

The Handbook of Social Research Ethics is the first comprehensive volume of its kind to offer a deeper understanding of the history, theory, philosophy, andáimplementation of applied social research ethics. Much of the literature surrounding research ethics originates from or focuses on medical or related health science issues involving human subject research. Yet, the intricacies of social research often raises ethical concerns and issues that are unique to or requiring further contextualization to general research ethics topics, guidelines, and practices. This volume brings together eminent, international scholars across the social and behavioral sciences and education to address those ethical issues that arise in the theory and practice of research within the technologically advancing and culturally complex world in which we live. In addition, ethical dilemmas that arise in the relationship between research practice and social justice issues are examined. The guiding themes used throughout the volume include: Defining and exploring the role(s) of ethics in research from a multi-disciplinary perspective; Making explicit the differing ethical emphases entailed by differing research traditions; Locating ethical concerns within research practice; Elucidating how each of the above influences the relationship between good ethical practice and good research practice. This reference is an invaluable resource to graduate students, professors, researchers, and practitioners of various kinds of social and behavioral research.”

Ethics in Qualitative Research (Books: Martyn Hammersley & Anna Traianou 2012)0

Posted by Admin in on May 22, 2015
 

BOOK: Hammersley M and Traianou A (2012) Ethics in Qualitative Research: Controversies and Contexts. London: Sage.

“All social researchers need to think about ethical issues. Their salience has recently been increased by the pressures of ethical regulation, particularly in the case of qualitative research. But what are ethical issues? And how should they be approached? These are not matters about which there is agreement. Ethics in Qualitative Research explores conflicting philosophical assumptions, the diverse social contexts in which ethical problems arise, and the complexities of handling them in practice.

The authors argue that the starting point for any discussion of research ethics must be the values intrinsic to research, above all the commitment to knowledge-production. However, the pursuit of inquiry is rightly constrained by external values, and the book focuses on three of these: minimising harm, respecting autonomy, and protecting privacy. These external values are shown to be far from unequivocal in character, often in conflict with one another (or with the commitments of research), and always subject to situational interpretation and practical judgment. Nevertheless, it is contended that in the present challenging times it is essential that qualitative researchers uphold research values.

is Professor of Educational and Social Research at The Open University.

is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London.”

Adelaide Centre for Bioethics and Culture0

Posted by Admin in on May 20, 2015
 

ACBC “is an independent, autonomous Centre committed to research into important bioethical issues affecting the whole community – locally, nationally and internationally. The Centre was established in 2012 in the South Australian capital, Adelaide, and now hosts the resources of the Southern Cross Bioethics Institute, which closed in 2012.

The Adelaide Centre for Bioethics and Culture adheres to universal human values, human rights, and the laws of humanity, including the inviolable and inalienable right to life of every member of the human family, whatever the age, status or ability of that member, from conception to natural death.

Since bioethics addresses all kinds of issues faced by society in general, and particularly the very fundamental issues of human life and procreation which have at stake fundamental human rights, dignity and freedom, the Centre represents an effective contribution to the making of public policy in a non-party-political fashion.

The staff of the Centre are involved in continuous bioethical research, writing, and professional consultation on various subjects like reproductive technology, ethical issues in care of the aged, abortion, euthanasia, biotechnology, embryo experimentation, organ donation, resource allocation and many others.

The Adelaide Centre for Bioethics and Culture is a community resource. We have educational services for individuals, students, institutions, community groups and politicians of all political persuasions. The Centre provides expert comments and submissions to governments, research committees and international forums”.

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