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Social Science Research Ethics for a Globalizing World: Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Perspectives (Books: Keerty Nakray, Margaret Alston, Kerri Whittenbury)0

Posted by Admin in on October 31, 2015

“Research in the humanities and social sciences thrives on critical reflections that unfold with each research project, not only in terms of knowledge created, but in whether chosen methodologies served their purpose. Ethics forms the bulwark of any social science research methodology and it requires continuous engagement and reengagement for the greater advancement of knowledge. Each chapter in this book will draw from the empirical knowledge created through intensive fieldwork and provide an account of ethical questions faced by the contributors, placing them in the context of contemporary debates surrounding the theory and practice of ethics. The chapters have been thematically organized into five sections: Feminist Ethics: Cross-Cultural Reflections and Its Implications for Change; Researching Physical and Sexual Violence in Non-Academic Settings: A Need for Ethical Protocols; Human Agency, Reciprocity, Participation and Activism: Meanings for Social Science Research Ethics; Emotions, Conflict and Dangerous Fields: Issues of “Safety” and Reflective Research; and Social Science Education: Training in Ethics or “Ethical Training” and “Ethical Publicizing.” This inter-disciplinary volume will interest students and researchers in academic and non-academic settings in core disciplines of Anthropology, Sociology, Law, Political Science, International Relations, Geography, or inter-disciplinary degrees in Development Studies, Health Studies, Public Health Policy, Social Policy, Health Policy, Psychology, Peace and Conflict studies, and Gender Studies. The book features a foreword by His Holiness The Dalai Lama.”

Nakray, K., Alston, M., & Whittenbury, K. (2016). Social science research ethics for a globalizing world: interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives. Routledge. URL

Ethical Quandaries in Social Research (Books: Deborah Posel and Fiona C Ross 2014)0

Posted by Admin in on October 22, 2015

“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.”

Deborah Posel and Fiona C Ross (2014)(eds) Ethical Quandaries in Social Research. Cape Town: HSRC Press.
Available as a free download from the HSRC website

Involving children and young people in research [electronic resource]: A compendium of papers and reflections from a think tank co-hosted by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth and the NSW Commission for Children and Young People0

Posted by Admin in on September 19, 2015

“Involving children in participatory research raises a number of ethical and access challenges, which highlight the need to better understand the nature and impacts of participatory research in relation to children. This compendium of papers delivered at the Involving Children and Young People in Research Think Tank seeks to do just that.

“The Think Tank, co-hosted by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) and the New South Wales (NSW) Commission for Children and Young People was held on 11 November 2008. It was organised to bring together researchers and policy makers from many disciplines and sectors to discuss the nature of the experience of participatory research with children and young people. The dual focus of the day was to discuss considerations and issues – both positive and negative – that have featured in this research, and to identify ways of moving forward with these issues in the future.

“This compendium is supported by a literature review (Appendix 2) which examines the ethical and methodological contexts in which research conversations have begun around the world in relation to children’s capacities to act as protagonists in their own lives.”

Link to the compilation

Ashley Madison Hack Creates Ethical Conundrum For Researchers – Huffington Post (Joe Satran 2015)0

Posted by Admin in on September 3, 2015

“When hackers dug into the databases of infidelity-focused dating website Ashley Madison and made the personal information of millions of users publicly available in mid-August, suspicious spouses weren’t the only ones tempted to take a peek. Sex researchers, whose work is often hamstrung by subjects’ reluctance to reveal intimate details in surveys, salivated at the opportunity to get an unvarnished look at the secret desires of a huge swath of Americans.”