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Zygmunt Bauman accused of serial ‘self-plagiarism’ – Times Higher Education (Paul Jump 2015)0

Posted by Admin in on August 21, 2015

“One of the world’s most eminent sociologists has included large amounts of self-plagiarised material in a dozen of his most recent books, an academic paper claims.

Last year, Times Higher Education reported allegations that Zygmunt Bauman, emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Leeds and often hailed as the world’s greatest living sociologist, had included several unacknowledged passages in his 2013 book Does the Richness of the Few Benefit Us All? that were near-exact quotations from Wikipedia and other web resources. The book also allegedly included numerous passages from previous works written by Professor Bauman “without appropriate attribution”.”

Times Higher Education. (2015). Zygmunt Bauman accused of serial ‘self-plagiarism’. Retrieved 21 August 2015, from


Institutional Review Blog – News and commentary about institutional review board oversight of the humanities and social sciences0

Posted by Admin in on August 6, 2015

“This blog seeks to inform the debate over IRB review of research in the humanities and social sciences by collecting breaking news, commentary, and background information on the subject.

It is maintained by Zachary M. Schrag, Professor of History, George Mason University. His book, Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009, was published in 2010 by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Suggested citation style: Zachary M. Schrag, “Smithsonian Frees Oral History, Journalism, and Folklore,” Institutional Review Blog, 30 July 2010,

The views expressed here are my own and may not reflect those of George Mason University.”


Why Ethics Codes Fail – Inside Higher Ed (Laura Stark 2015)0

Posted by Admin in on July 21, 2015

“Last week, an independent investigation of the American Psychological Association found that several of its leaders aided the U.S. Department of Defense’s controversial enhanced interrogation program by loosing constraints on military psychologists. It was another bombshell in the ongoing saga of the U.S. war on terror in which psychologists have long served as foot soldiers. Now, it appears, psychologists were among its instigators, too.

“Leaders of the APA used the profession’s ethics policy to promote unethical activity, rather than to curb it. How? Between 2000 and 2008, APA leaders changed their ethics policy to match the unethical activities that some psychologists wanted to carry out — and thus make potential torture appear ethical. “The evidence supports the conclusion that APA officials colluded with DoD officials to, at the least, adopt and maintain APA ethics policies that were not more restrictive than the guidelines that key DoD officials wanted,” the investigation found, “and that were as closely aligned as possible with DoD policies, guidelines, practices or preferences, as articulated to APA by these DoD officials.” Among the main culprits was the APA’s own ethics director.”,. (2015). Essay on why scholarly ethics codes may be likely to fail | InsideHigherEd. Retrieved 21 July 2015, from

Creator Of The Stanford Prison Experiment Looks Back On Its Disturbing Outcome 44 Years Later – Huffpost Live (Ryan Buxton 2015)0

Posted by Admin in on July 16, 2015

(Item includes a 31:59 video)
“Back in 1971, Dr. Philip Zimbardo conducted the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment, in which he put young students in a basement-turned-prison and assigned them roles as either prisoners or guards. The plan was to study the way the dynamic of authority would affect their behavior over a period of two weeks. The experiment produced such psychological abuse and degredation of the “prisoners” that Zimbardo called it off after six days.

The experiment hits the big screen on July 17 with a new film, “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” which dramatizes the procedure’s quick devolution into chaos and has reopened the conversation regarding what Zimbardo’s research tells us about human nature and the power of control.

HuffPost Live’s Alyona Minkovski spoke with Zimbardo on Tuesday to look back on his unforgettable work. In the video above, watch Zimbardo discuss his decision-making during the experiment and what’s happened to his subjects since they left his mock prison 44 years ago.”

Also see:
What can Milgram and Zimbardo teach ethics committees and qualitative researchers about minimizing harm? (Martin Tolich 2014)