Abstract: Formal research-ethics committees in Canada now function as an industry, costing over thirty-five million dollars annually. The Seduction of Ethics argues that while ethics codes are alluring to the public, they fuel moral panic and increase demands for institutional accountability. Will C. van den Hoonaard explores the research-ethics review process itself by analysing the moral cosmology and practices of ethics committees regarding research and researchers.
Listed by Hill Times as one of the top 100 Canadian non-fiction books in 2011.
Nominated for three awards, 2012. Received “Honorable Mention” by the Charles H. Cooley Award Committee of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, 2012. (Reviewed four times):
Review in 2014: Symbolic Interaction 37 (2): 327-330.
Review in 2013: American J of Sociology 118 (4): 1136-1138; Transnational Legal Theory 4 (1): 146-156.
Review in 2012: Contemporary Sociology 41 (5): 678-679.
van den Hoonaard, Will C (2011) The Seduction of Ethics: Transforming the Social Sciences. Toronto: U of Toronto Press. ISBN 9781442642683