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Research Ethics in Practice

Research Ethics in Practice

Three Volume Set
Edited by:

December 2015 | 1 120 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This three-volume Major Work explores the subject of ethics as an aspect of research practice.

As many researchers have noted, research design and implementation are two different things; in the ‘field’, ethical issues can change and new issues can emerge.  What are and are not ethical issues, and the contested and evolving nature of ethics, are a couple of key aspects considered in this collection’s collated literature, and particularly in relation to the different ethical strategies utilised by researchers.

The selected papers in this Major Work are contextualised by introductory passages written by the editor, which explore the rationale, key themes and issues.

Volume One: Power, politics and reflexivity

Volume Two: Covert research

Volume Three: Contemporary issues and challenges


Ethical Problems in Studying a Politically Sensitive and Deviant Community

Lee Rainwater and David J. Pittman
Guilty Knowledge, Dirty Hands, and Other Ethical Dilemmas: The Hazards of Contract Research

David Fetterman
Sensitivity as a Problem in Field Research: A Study of Routine Policing in Northern Ireland

John D. Brewer
On Being Partisan in Non-Partisan Settings: Field Research and the Politically Committed

S. Grills
Blowing the Whistle on Police Violence: Gender, Ethnography and Ethics

Louise Westmarland
Ethical and Political Issues in Contemporary Research Relationships

Rachel Aldred
Research Ethics in Victimization Studies: Widening the Lens

James J. Clark and Robert Walker
Researching Sensitive and Emotive Topics: The Participants’ Voice

Jacqueline L. Crowther and Mari Lloyd-Williams
Picture This . . . Safety, Dignity, and Voice—Ethical Research with Children: Practical Considerations for the Reflexive Researcher

Shanon K. Phelan and Elizabeth Anne Kinsella
Researching Others: Epistemology, Experience, Standpoints, and Participation

Barbara Fawcett and Jeff Hearn
‘Living’ Ethical Dilemmas for Researchers When Researching with Children

Luigina Mortari and Deborah Harcourt
Dissonant Alignments: The Ethics and Politics of Researching State Institutions

Anne Lavanchy
What Is Right? Ethics in Intellectual Disabilities Research

Katherine McDonald and Colleen A. Kidney
Balancing Ethics and Quality in Educational Research – The Ethical Matrix Method

Reidun Tangen
Exploring Participant-centred Reflexivity in the Research Interview

Kathleen Riach
The Researcher as Hooligan: Where ‘Participant’ Observation Means Breaking the Law

Geoff Pearson
The Ethical and Methodological Challenges of Social Work Research with Participants Who Fear Retribution: To ‘Do No Harm’

Gabrielle Drake
Ethics in Educational Research: Introducing a Methodological Tool for Effective Ethical Analysis

Kris Stutchbury and Alison Fox
Everyday Ethics in Community-based Participatory Research

Sarah Banks et al.
Children and School-based Research: ‘Informed Consent’ or ‘Educated Consent’?

Miriam David, Rosalind Edwards and Pam Alldred
‘Going Deep’ and ‘Giving Back’: Strategies for Exceeding Ethical Expectations When Researching amongst Vulnerable Youth

Sharlene Swartz
The Ethics of Covert Methods

Roger Homan
Comment on ‘The Ethics of Covert Methods’

Martin Bulmer
Covert Participant Observation: On Its Nature and Practice

Richard A. Hilbert
The Research Ethics of Pseudo-Patient Studies – A New Look at the Merits of Covert Ethnographic Methods

Martin Bulmer
Dirty Data and Investigative Methods

David Shulman
Covert Participant Observation: Reconsidering the Least Used Method

Mitch Miller
A Clash of Methodology and Ethics in ‘Undercover’ Social Science

C.D. Herrera
Covert Participant Observation of a Deviant Community: Justifying the Use of Deception

Matthew A. Lauder
Parts Unknown: Undercover Ethnography of the Organs-Trafficking Underworld

Nancy Scheper-Hughes
Is There a Place for Covert Research Methods in Criminology?

Helen M. Wells
Seeking Informed Consent: Reflections on Research Practice

Chih Hoong Sin
Between Overt and Covert Research: Concealment and Disclosure in an Ethnographic Study of Commercial Hospitality

Peter Lugosi
Research Ethics in the UK: What Can Sociology Learn from Health?

Sue Richardson and Miriam McMullan
Inside the “Pro-ana” Community: A Covert Online Participant Observation

Sarah R. Brotsky and David Giles
The Art and Politics of Covert Research: Doing ‘Situated Ethics’ in the Field

David Calvey
Ethical Covert Research

Paul Spicker
Much Ado about Deception: Consequences of Deceiving Research Participants in the Social Sciences

Davide Barrera and Brent Simpson
A Review of Research Ethics in Internet-based Research

Ian Convery and Diane Cox
Intermezzo Ethics and Information: An Encyclopedic Overview

Robert Hauptman
Protecting Human Subjects in Internet Research

Larry A. Pace and Mary Livingston
Ethical Dilemmas in Research on Internet Communities

Sarah Flicker, Dave Haans and Harvey Skinner
The Ethics of Internet Research

Rebecca Enyon, Jenny Fry and Ralph Schroeder
Digital Ethnography: An Examination of the Use of New Technologies for Social Research

Dhiraj Murthy
Ethnographic Approaches to the Internet and Computer-Mediated Communication

Angela Cora Garcia, Alecea Standlee, Jennifer Bechkoff and Yan Cui
Exploring Ethical and Methodological Issues in Internet-based Research with Adolescents

Heather T. Battles
Private Conversations and Public Audiences: Exploring the Ethical Implications of Using Mobile Telephones to Research Young People’s Lives

Denise Hinton
Talking Sexuality Online – Technical, Methodological and Ethical Considerations of Online Research with Sexual Minority Youth

Paul Willis
Ethics and Social Media

Constance Milton
Personal Internet Archives and Ethics

Stine Lomborg
Internet-Mediated Technologies and Mixed Methods Research: Problems and Prospects

Sharlene Hesse-Biber and Amy Griffin
Taking and Using: Ethical Issues of Photographs for Research Purposes

Luc Pauwels
Ethical Issues in Image-based Research

Andrew Clark, Jon Prosser and Rose Wiles
Just Images: Aesthetics, Ethics and Visual Criminology

Eamonn Carrabine
Is It the End for Anonymity As We Know It? A Critical Examination of the Ethical Principle of Anonymity in the Context of 21st Century Demands on the Qualitative Researcher

Liz Tilley and Kate Woodthorpe
‘Caught in the Act’: Ethics Committee Review and Researching the Sexual Culture of Schools

Louisa Allen
The Betrayal of Research Confidentiality in British Sociology

John Lowman and Ted Palys
Ethical Use of Social Media to Facilitate Qualitative Research

Belinda Lunnay et al.
Big Data Ethics

Andrej Zwitter

Julie Scott Jones

Professor Julie Scott Jones is the Head of the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Director of the MMU Q-Step Centre, which received £1.15 million in funding from the Nuffield Foundation-ESRC-HEFCE.  She joined Manchester Metropolitan University in 2003 and since 2018 has been the Head of department.  Julie is the author of ‘Being the Chosen; exploring a Christian Fundamentalist Worldview’ (2010) and co-author of ‘Ethnography in Social Science Practice’ (2010).  More recently, she has co-authored a number of journal articles on the pedagogy of quantitative methods teaching, based on her... More About Author