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Social Science Research Ethics

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Case Studies for Ethics in Academic Research in the Social Sciences.
Case Studies for Ethics in Academic Research in the Social Sciences cover image By Leisa Reinecke Flynn and Ronald E. Goldsmith.
Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, ©2013.
"This book provides a basis for class discussion about the responsible conduct of social science research. These 16 brief research ethics cases describe situations in which ethical dilemmas arise and present the student with the opportunity to think through the different implications for researchers. The cases emphasize different types of ethical dilemmas involving faculty, students, participants, and stakeholders. Students can discuss what happened, why it was or was not unethical, and what should be the consequences for the actors. Included are the original cases complete with learning objectives, teaching notes, and questions for discussion." - (publisher's description)
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- - H 62 .F496 2013

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Ethics in Qualitative Research, 2nd edition.
Ethics in Qualitative Research cover image Edited by Tina Miller, Maxine Birch, Melanie Mauthner, and Julie Jessop.
London, England: SAGE, ©2012.
"This fresh, confident Second Edition of Ethics in Qualitative Research expands its focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of doing qualitative research in light of new ethical dilemmas facing researchers today. In a climate of significant social and technological change, researchers must respond to increased ethical regulation and scrutiny of research. New sources, types of data and modes of accessing participants are all challenging and reconfiguring traditional ideas of the research relationship. This engaging textbook explores key ethical dilemmas - including research boundaries, informed consent, participation, rapport and analysis - within the context of a rapidly changing research environment. The book effectively covers the ethical issues related to the data collection process, helping readers to address the ethical considerations relevant to their research." - (publisher's description)
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- - H 62 .E777 2012

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Handbook of Ethics in Quantitative Methodology.
Handbook of Ethics in Quantitative Methodology cover image By A.T. Panter and Sonya K. Sterba.
New York, NY: Routledge, ©2011.
Series: Multivariate Applications Series.
"This comprehensive Handbook is the first to provide a practical, interdisciplinary review of ethical issues as they relate to quantitative methodology including how to present evidence for reliability and validity, what comprises an adequate tested population, and what constitutes scientific knowledge for eliminating biases. The book uses an ethical framework that emphasizes the human cost of quantitative decision making to help researchers understand the specific implications of their choices." - (publisher's description)
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- - H 62 .P276 2011

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Digital Ethics: Research & Practice.
Digital Ethics: Research and Practice cover image Edited by Don Heider & Adrienne L. Massanari.
New York, NY: Peter Lang, ©2012.
Series: Digital Formations, v. 85.
"In a digital age of perceived anonymity and diminishing face-to-face contact what does it mean to be true to thyself? Has the internet given us license to be false to others, without consequence? Technology has given us capabilities we previously did not have and changed the way we think about time and space. Although research is now being done on many aspects of the interplay between humans and technology, there currently exists a vacuum regarding behavior and usage of technology. This edited volume contains some of the best research on digital ethics from authors in communication, law, information studies, education, philosophy, political science, computer science, and business on topics that range from sexting to piracy. This groundbreaking volume contributes to the growing body of knowledge in this area and provides a much-needed resource for scholars and teachers interested in exploring ethics in this new digital world." - (publisher's description)
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- - HM 851 .D527 2012

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Doing Cross-Cultural Research: Ethical and Methodological Perspectives.
Doing Cross-Cultural Research: Ethical and Methodological Perspectives cover image Edited by Alex C. Michalos, Ed Diener, Wolfgang Glatzer, Torbjorn Moum, Mirjam A. G. Sprangers, Joachim Vogel, Ruut Veenhoven, and Pranee Liamputtong.
Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Science + Business Media B.V, 2008.
Series: Social Indicators Research Series, 34.
"Conducting cross-cultural research is rife with methodological, ethical and moral challenges. Researchers are challenged with many issues in carrying out their research with people in cross-cultural arenas. In this book, I attempt to bring together salient issues for the conduct of culturally appropriate research. The task of undertaking cross-cultural research can present researchers with unique opportunities, and yet dilemmas. The book will provide some thought-provoking points so that our research may proceed relatively well and yet ethical in our approach. The subject of the book is on the ethical, methodological, political understanding and practical procedures in undertaking cross-cultural research. The book will bring readers through a series of questions: who am I working with? What ethical and moral considerations do I need to observe? How should I conduct the research which is culturally appropriate to the needs of people I am researching? How do I deal with language issues? How will I negotiate access? And what research methods should I apply to ensure a successful research process? The book is intended for postgraduate students who are undertaking research as part of their degrees. It is also intended for researchers who are working in cross-cultural studies and in poor nations." - (publisher's description)
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Ethical Futures in Qualitative Research: Decolonizing the Politics of Knowledge.
Ethical Futures in Qualitative Research: Decolonizing the Politics of Knowledge cover image Edited by Norman K. Denzin and Michael D. Giardina.
Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, ©2007.
"Ethics has been a perennial concern of qualitative researchers. The subject has been confounded with the emergence of human subjects regulations, the increased concern with indigenous communities, the globalization of research practices, and the breakdown of barriers between researcher and subject. The original contributions to this volume highlight the key ethical topics that face contemporary qualitative researchers and those that will likely emerge in the near future. Written by many of the leading figures in the field--Lincoln, Denzin, Schwandt, Richardson, Ellis, Bochner, Morse, among others--this book will help shape the ethical response of the field to the challenges presented by the contemporary research environment." - (publisher's description)
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- - H 62 .A3 I578 2006

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Ethical Issues in Community-Based Research with Children and Youth.
Ethical Issues in Community-Based Research with Children and Youth cover image Edited by Bonnie Leadbeater, Elizabeth Bannister, Cecilia Benoit, Mikael Jansson, Anne Marshall, and Ted Riecken.
Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press, ©2006.
"Efforts to apply ethical guidelines and regulations to vulnerable populations are often problematic. Consequently, health and social scientists sometimes shy away from the challenges of research, particularly when it means addressing value-laden social problems such as sexuality, drugs, and racism. Ethical Issues in Community-Based Research with Children and Youth is a collection of essays that describe the uniqueness of community-based research, outlining several of the ethical concerns that it engenders. The contributors examine such issues as the scope of informed consent to multiple stakeholders, determining competence to give consent in marginalized populations, and managing dual roles as participant researchers. The collection suggests that a more collaborative, ongoing, and discursive approach is needed by researchers and by ethical review boards to ensure that research on sensitive social problems with high risk populations is supported and also conducted with a clear understanding of the highest ethical standards possible." - (publisher's description)
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- - HV 715 .E85 2006

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Ethical Research with Children.
Ethical Research with Children cover image Edited by Ann Farrell.
Maidenhead, England; New York, NY: Open University Press, 2005.
"This book focuses on doing ethical research with children in today's climate of increased globalization, surveillance and awareness of children as competent research participants. It covers a range of conceptual, methodological and procedural issues, and provides a framework for doing ethical research with children.
Written by international experts in the fields of early childhood research and ethics, this book supports students, practitioner-researchers and research gatekeepers with resources on how to conduct and evaluate ethical research with children. The contributors:
Use key examples of cutting-edge research from a range of countries to examine research ethics with children and those around them;
Provide strategies for planning, conducting and evaluating research in an ethical way;
Explore theoretical approaches to children and childhood that are relevant to ethical research;
Ethical Research with Children is key reading for students in childhood studies, teacher education, public health, nursing, human services, legal studies, psychology and social sciences, as well as practitioner-researchers in these fields." - (publisher's description)
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- - HQ 767.85 .E74 2005

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Ethics and Planning Research.
Ethics and Planning Research cover image Edited by Francesco Lo Piccolo and Huw Thomas.
Farnham, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate Pub., ©2009.
"The consideration of ethics in social research has gained increasing prominence in the past few years, particularly research which seeks to inform public policy. This important and unique book aims to provide a thorough examination of issues relating to research ethics in planning for an international audience. The authors examine alternative frameworks within which ethical action can be discussed and critically describe some key institutional arrangements surrounding the management of ethical behavior in research. They also provide some reflective accounts of ethical challenges in planning research." - (publisher's description)
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- - H 62 .E764 2009

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Ethics in Research.
Ethics in Research cover image By Ian Gregory.
London, England; New York, NY: Continuum, ©2003.
Series: Continuum Research Methods Series.
"This book encourages reflection upon the inescapable ethical dimensions of the conduct of research. Gregory explores how ethical concerns inform not only the conduct of research but how they enter into the very decision to engage in a piece of research, the interpretation of data and what is done with research findings. Issues arising from the reflections of the text will be brought to bear upon the character of the researcher, the place (if any) of codes in practice for researchers and whether if in deference to ethical considerations there are limitations upon what can be countenanced in the name of research." - (publisher's description)
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- - H 62 .G744 2003

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The Handbook of Ethical Research with Ethnocultural Populations & Communities.
- Handbook of Ethical Research With Ethnocultural Populations and Communities cover image Edited by Joseph E. Trimble and Celia B. Fisher.
Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, ©2006.
"The Handbook of Ethical Research With Ethnocultural Populations and Communities, edited by Joseph E. Trimble and Celia B. Fisher, addresses key questions in the first major work to focus specifically on ethical issues involving work with ethnocultural populations. Filling gaps and questions left unanswered by general rules of scientific conduct such as those embodied in federal regulations and professional codes, this Handbook will help guide ethical decision making for social and behavioral science research with multicultural groups for years to come." - (publisher's description)
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- - GN 495.4 .H36 2006

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Liberation Sociology, 2nd Edition.
Liberation Sociology cover image By Joe R. Feagin and Hernán Vera.
Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, ©2008.
"Liberation sociology is concerned with eliminating social oppressions and creating truly just societies. Liberation sociology takes sides with the oppressed and envisions an end to that oppression. Liberation social scientists featured in this book consciously try to step outside their groups or societies and view them critically. The authors examine theories and research of social scientists who ask,

Social science for what purpose?
and
Social science for whom?

Case studies offer humanistic, democratic, and activist answers. Featured researchers provide tools to increase human abilities to understand deep social realities, engage in better dialogues, and increase democratic participation in use of knowledge." - (publisher's description)
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- - HM 671 .F434 2008

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A Most Human Enterprise: Controversies in the Social Sciences.
A Most Human Enterprise: Controversies in the Social Sciences cover image By Donald O. Granberg and John F. Galliher.
Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, ©2010.
"A Most Human Enterprise looks at controversial social science research methods and their effects on subjects and researchers. In detailing case studies in which plagiarism was alleged, subjects were mislead or seriously abused, and research denigrated certain demographics, Donald O. Granberg and John F. Galliher demonstrate how social scientists have strayed from the ethical standards of scientific research.
Case studies include the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study, the well-known pseudo-prison work of Philip Zimbardo, the obedience research of Stanley Milgram, and the study of sex in public places by sociologist Laud Humphreys. Many of the studies that were most damaging to human subjects were funded by government, making the current concerns of university Institutional Review Boards seem ironic. A Most Human Enterprise also investigates consequences of plagiarism in the social sciences, the role that whistle blowers can play, and the consequences of their acts.
Humans are, of course, capable of lofty and amazing accomplishments. Yet they are, nevertheless, also subject to bias, prejudice, ego involvement, and poor judgment. This book demonstrates the inadequacy of Institutional Review Boards in limiting ethical lapses in the social sciences, and seeks to create a reader more sensitive to the problems and pitfalls that arise in the course of doing social research." - (publisher's description)
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- - H 62.5 .U5 G73 2010

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Research Ethics for Social Scientists: Between Ethical Conduct and Regulatory Compliance.
Research Ethics for Social Scientists: Between Ethical Conduct and Regulatory Compliance cover image By Mark Israel and Iain Hay.
London, England: Sage Publications, 2006.
"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." - (publisher's description)
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- - H 62 .I82 2006

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Researching the Margins: Strategies for Ethical and Rigorous Research with Marginalised Communities.
Researching the Margins: Strategies for Ethical and Rigorous Research with Marginalised Communities cover image Edited by Marian Pitts and Anthony Smith.
Basingstoke, UK; New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
"Increasingly, social researchers are engaging with marginalized communities and becoming aware of their obligations to those they research. This book identifies issues associated with researching in what have traditionally been recognised as "hard to reach" communities and offers both conceptual analyses and practical suggestions on undertaking research that emphasizes the experience and contribution of those with whom the research is undertaken." - (publisher's description)
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- - H 62 .R46177 2007

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