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This book examines the theoretical and practical aspects of ethical dilemmas in qualitative research.
To many researchers, 'ethics' has been associated with following ethical guidelines and gaining ethics approval from academic bodies. However, the complexities of researching private lives and placing accounts in the public arena increasingly raise ethical issues which are not easily solved by rules and guidelines. This book addresses the gap between research practice and ethical principles that inform it, focusing on responsibility and accountability in applied feminist research practice.
The book explores ethical issues in research from a range of angles, including:
- Access and informed consent
- Negotiating participation
- The intentions of feminist research
- Epistemology and data analysis
- Tensions between being a professional researcher and a 'caring' professional
The book includes practical guidelines to aid ethical decision-making rooted in feminist ethics of care.
Ethics in Qualitative Research is designed for academics, professionals and students carrying out research, and is a timely teaching text for ethics in research across the social sciences.
Introduction - Maxine Birch et al Ethics and Feminist Research - Rosalind Edwards and Melanie Mauthner Theory and Practice The Ethics of Intention - Val Gillies and Pam Alldred Research as a Political Tool Consenting to What? - Tina Miller and Linda Bell Issues of Access, Gate-Keeping and 'Informed' Consent Divided Loyalties, Divided Expectations - Linda Bell and Linda Nutt Research Ethics, Professional and Occupational Responsibilities Encouraging Participation - Maxine Birch and Tina Miller Ethics and Responsibilities
'Doing Rapport' and the Ethics of 'Faking Friendship' - Jean Duncombe and Julie Jessop Knowing Responsibly - Andrea Doucet and Natasha Mauthner Linking Ethics, Research Practice and Epistemology Eliciting Research Accounts - Pam Alldred and Val Gillies Re/Producing Modern Subjects