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Research Ethics for Social Scientists

Research Ethics for Social Scientists

  • Mark Israel - Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy Services, Australia, University of Western Australia, Australia
  • Iain Hay - Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Ethics is becoming an increasingly prominent issue for all researchers across the western world. This comprehensive and accessible guide introduces students to the field and encourages knowledge of research ethics in practice.

Research Ethics for Social Scientists sets out to do four things: The first is to demonstrate the practical value of thinking seriously and systematically about what constitutes ethical conduct in social science research. Second, the text identifies how and why current regulatory regimes have emerged. Third, it seeks to reveal those practices that have contributed to the adversarial relationships between researchers and regulators. Finally, the book hopes to encourage both parties to develop shared solutions to ethical and regulatory problems.

Key Features:

  • Introduces students to ethical theory and philosophy
  • Provides practical guidance on what ethical theory means for research practice
  • Provides case studies to give real examples of ethics in research action

An excellent introductory text in the field, Research Ethics for Social Scientists is an informative, accessible, and practical guide to research ethics for any student or researcher in the social sciences.

Why Care About Ethics?
Ethical Approaches
Codes and Principles
Regulating Ethics
Informed Consent
Avoiding Harm and Doing Good
Relationships, Integrity and an Ethic of Care
Between Ethical Conduct and Regulatory Compliance

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 6: Confidentiality

Mark Israel

Mark Israel is Winthrop Professor of Law and Criminology in the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Australia. He has a degree in law and postgraduate qualifications in sociology, criminology and education. He has published on research ethics and integrity, higher education and research policy, political exile and migration, criminology and socio-legal studies. His books include South African Political Exile in the United Kingdom (Palgrave Macmillan, 1999), Crime and Justice (Thomson Reuters, 2006 eds with Goldsmith and Daly), and Research Ethics for Social Scientists: Between Ethical Conduct and Regulatory Compliance (Sage, 2006... More About Author

Iain Hay

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