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Research Ethics and Integrity for Social Scientists: Beyond Regulatory Compliance 2ed

by Mark Israel SAGE Publications Ltd
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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 sets out to:
• demonstrate the practical value of thinking seriously and systematically about ethical conduct in social science research
• identify how and why current regulatory regimes have emerged
• reveal those practices that have contributed to the adversarial relationships between researchers and regulators
• encourage all parties to develop shared solutions to ethical and regulatory problems.

Why care about ethics?
Ethical approaches
Codes and principles
Regulating ethics
Informed consent
Avoiding harm, doing good and seeking justice
Integrity and misconduct
Beyond regulatory compliance

This comprehensive and detailed book will hearten the many social scientists who tangle with unsympathetic regulatory systems. Mark Israel demonstrates an uncanny knowledge about the variety of national ethics regimes that are destabilizing the social sciences. The author explores the possibility of moving the hard architecture of research-review to a soft architectural one. In the end, the book calls for a creative and intelligent approach to ethics and integrity in research. Will C.van den Hoonaard Research ethics is a particularly fluid field of endeavour in the social sciences. As the forms of social interaction develop via new media and societies undergo constant change, responsive methodological innovation follows. The ethical challenges posed raise more dilemmas and regulatory responses. Mark Israel and rsquo;s update of his earlier book covers this rapidly evolving field in a rigorous, readable and comprehensive manner. The global perspective adopted is of practical benefit to increasingly international and multidisciplinary research teams. The extensive case studies reported both enliven and challenge our moral sensibilities in constructive and thoughtful ways. This work continues to offer valuable insights into the increasingly complex ethical decisions addressed by social scientists. Ron Iphofen Mark Israel and rsquo;s masterly account and critical analysis of the global, national and conceptual histories of research ethics explains the contemporary frictions between research ethics regimes and social science researchers. Through authoritative examples of realistic practice that address ethical complexities of consent, confidentiality, risk, benefit and conflicts of interest, he shows how to address and resolve these frictions. The book offers a rich collection of experience to inform reflective ethical research practice and essential insights for ethics reviewers of social science research. Colin Thomson This book explains and compares the regulation on research ethics in many different countries. Israel conducted a deep analysis on the roots of these regulations as well as the consequences for social scientists. It puts the key issues into a historical, philosophical and empirical research context. This discussion is fundamental to better understand the contemporary situation and to plan actions to promote ethical research, respecting different academic communities, as well as promoting and protecting the human rights and the fundamental liberties of research participants. I strongly recommend it for everyone interested in this subject and specially for Research Ethics Committees members, chairs, administrators; policy makers; and for social science and humanities researchers. Iara Guerriero
Mark is Winthrop Professor of Law and Criminology in the Faculty of Law, University of Western Australia. He has a degree in law and postgraduate qualifications in sociology, criminology and education. He has published in the areas of research ethics, higher education and research policy, political exile and migration, criminology and socio-legal studies.

Mark has won teaching and research prizes in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, including the Prime Minister’s Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year in 2004. He has undertaken education and research ethics-related consultancy for the NHMRC, CSIRO, Federal and State governments, and higher education institutions in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.