It will aim to be one of possibly the central contemporary international text in this field for social work researchers, bringing together in one volume the developments and debates that have been seen in recent years in peer reviewed journals, including the Sage journal Qualitative Social Work (founded and co-edited by one of us).

Ethics in Qualitative Research

Ethics in Qualitative Research

In this chapter we emphasise the ethical conduct of qualitative research as a preoccupation that precedes and succeeds institutional ethical approval processes. We pay particular attention to the micro-ethical issues of everyday research practice. After a general introduction about ethical principles and the relationship between ethical social work research and practice, we list key qualitative methods and the main ethical issues associated with each one. The chapter continues with a consideration of the central issues of beneficence and harm, researcher safety, consent, anonymity and confidentiality and the special case of internet research. The chapter concludes with an example of how research ethics can be relational, reciprocal and responsive in the field.

Ethics in qualitative social research has, over the years, provoked ...

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