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.

Research Pragmatics and Methodological Considerations

Research Pragmatics and Methodological Considerations

Methodological choices in research are inherently ethical choices. As an integral part of the discipline, research methodology—the theoretical and applied examination of the methods employed to conduct research—must include what is right or wrong in how research methodology is conducted. These considerations at the core are value judgments or ethics. As early as the 1970s, Noblit and Bucart (1975) were considering how methodological decisions were one and the same as ethical decisions. The authors ended this discussion with sage, culturally responsive advice on how to enhance ethical methodologies:

[G]o to the populations to be studied with a general outline of the research design. Solicit suggestions and help from the people themselves so that your interests are complementary to research needed. ...

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