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.

The Ethics of Ethnography

Sara Delamont Paul Atkinson


In this chapter we explore some of the distinctive and particular ethical issues that arise in the conduct and evaluation of ethnographic research. We shall focus specifically on ethnographic fieldwork and its implications, not ‘qualitative’ research more broadly. The latter term covers a wide variety of research strategies, some of which (such as interviewing) seem to have simpler ethical issues, while others (such as internet-based research) call for special consideration. We summarize some of the problems and dilemmas that arise from fieldwork; we explore how those issues relate to contemporary approaches to ethical regulation and research governance in the Anglophone world; we develop this argument through an examination ...

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