This handbook is a much-needed and in-depth review of the distinctive set of ethical considerations which accompanies qualitative research. This is particularly crucial given the emergent, dynamic and interactional nature of most qualitative research, which too often allows little time for reflection on the important ethical responsibilities and obligations Contributions from leading international researchers have been carefully organised into six key thematic sections: Part One: Thick Descriptions Of Qualitative Research Ethics Part Two: Qualitative Research Ethics By Technique Part Three: Ethics As Politics Part Four: Qualitative Research Ethics With Vulnerable Groups Part Five: Relational Research Ethics Part Six: Researching Digitally This Handbook is a one-stop resource on qualitative research ethics across the social sciences that draws on the lessons learned and the successful methods for surmounting problems - the tried and true, and the new.

Fair Warnings: The Ethics of Ethnography with Children

Angel A. Escamilla García Gary Alan Fine


Every researcher who conducts any project that involves human subjects must take into consideration the varieties of potential harm to subjects that may possibly result. Research ethics are central to the systematic analysis of human behavior, whether through qualitative or quantitative methodology. Ethics in research, as one author has put it, addresses ‘the application of a system of moral principles to prevent harming or wronging others, to promote the good, to be respectful, and to be fair’ (Morrow & Richards, 1996, citing Sieber, 1993: 14).

Within this focus on research ethics, certain groups of participants are considered more vulnerable than ...

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