Ethics in Social Science Research: Becoming Culturally Responsive provides a thorough grounding in research ethics, along with examples of real-world ethical dilemmas in working with vulnerable populations. Author Maria K. E. Lahman aims to help qualitative research students design ethically and culturally responsive research with communities that may be very different from their own. Throughout, compelling first person accounts of ethics in human research–both historical and contemporary–are highlighted and each chapter includes vignettes written by the author and her collaborators about real qualitative research projects.

Becoming Ethically Responsive Researchers : Introduction

Becoming Ethically Responsive Researchers : Introduction

Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.

—Jane Addams

A book such as this starts with a definition of ethics. According to Merriam Webster’s, ethics is “an area of study that deals with ideas about what is good and bad behavior” (“Ethics,” 2017, Merriam Webster’s). Further, ethics can be defined as “moral principles that govern a person’s or group’s behavior” (“Ethics,” 2017, Oxford Dictionaries). Or perhaps, for a more contemporary reader, here is a definition from Wikipedia: Ethics is “the branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct” (“Ethics,” 2017, Wikipedia).

If ethics is the study of how humans decide what is good and bad behavior, then research ethics clearly must ...

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