Ethics and integrity in research are increasingly important for social scientists around the world. We are tackling more complex problems in the face of expanding and not always sympathetic regulation. This book surveys the recent developments and debates around researching ethically and with integrity and complying with ethical requirements. The new edition pushes beyond the work of the first edition through updated and extended coverage of issues relating to international, indigenous, interdisciplinary and internet research.
Through case studies and examples drawn from all continents and from across the social science disciplines, the book: demonstrates the practical value of thinking seriously and systematically about ethical conduct in social science research; identifies how and why current regulatory regimes have emerged; reveals those practices that have contributed to the adversarial relationships between researchers and regulators; encourages all parties to develop shared solutions to ethical and regulatory problems.
Ethics, in the words of Tom Beauchamp and James Childress (1994, p. 4), is ‘a generic term for various ways of understanding and examining the moral life’. It is concerned with perspectives on right and proper conduct. Not surprisingly, the disciplines that analyse ethics have their own discursive ...