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Yes, There Are Inaccuracies in Alice Goffman’s On the Run. She Put Them There. On Purpose – Slate (Leon Neyfakh 2015)0

Posted by Admin in on June 20, 2015

UPDATED: 24 Jun 2015

“Alice Goffman’s heralded book about inner-city life has come under fire for inconsistencies and inaccuracies. Is the author to blame—or does the fault lie with her field?” Alternatively is it a consequence of the requirement of IRBs/a necessary protection for participants?

Slate Magazine,. (2015). Yes, There Are Inaccuracies in Alice Goffman’s On the Run. She Put Them There. On Purpose. Retrieved 20 June 2015, from…

Also see…
The Internet Accused Alice Goffman of Faking Details In Her Study of a Black Neighborhood. I Went to Philadelphia to Check
By Jesse Singal

Clarke and Dawe’s take on ethical standards0

Posted by Admin in on June 18, 2015

As you would expect of Clarke and Dawe this is their very funny take on ethical standards, ‘good results’ and who judges justifications for ‘bad acts’.

The Ethics Application Repository0

Posted by Admin in on June 13, 2015


TEAR is an open-access, online repository of exemplary ethics applications using open source software (D-Space). It’s available to anyone to use – novice researchers, researchers exploring new methodologies and IRB members wanting to do the same. As it grows, we expect that researchers exploring ethical practice will also find it interesting as a source information.

The founders of TEAR believe that by sharing exemplary ethics applications, knowledge sharing occurs. This is something readily acknowledged and supported within disciplines generally, but overlooked when considering ethical practice specifically, as part of a researchers expertise and skills.  TEAR sets out from the premise that there is value in reading well put together applications of others and being able to see examples of safe and good ethical practice in a variety of situations.  Current entries in the archive cover a range of research settings from those with challenging contexts (such as illegal or unsafe behavior) to those with tricky relationships (within family auto-ethnographies). By providing these examples, researchers are able to explore how others have addressed various issues within their research and consider how to apply them to their own setting. 

TEAR is a relatively new initiative and as such has relatively small number of collections and items, but this collection packs some outstanding examples of ethical thinking for Photovoice projects, educational research, research with vulnerable populations, etc. TEAR is currently in a period of transition having been adopted by Oxford University and the UK’s Social Research Association.  As it moves to this new setting, it is expected that new collections and the size of collections themselves will grow adding more depth and breadth to the collection.

TEAR provides a unique and valuable resource to those applying for ethics and exploring ethical practice within a philosophical framework that supports knowledge and resource sharing.

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Is it ethical to use data from Nazi medical experiments? – The Conversation (Lynn Gillam, 2015)0

Posted by Admin in on June 11, 2015

During World War II, Nazi doctors had unfettered access to human beings they could use in medical experiments in any way they chose. In one way, these experiments were just another form of mass torture and murder so our moral judgement of them is clear.

But they also pose an uncomfortable moral challenge: what if some of the medical experiments yielded scientifically sound data that could be put to good use? Would it be justifiable to use that knowledge?