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SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Ethics

by Ron Iphofen and Martin Tolich SAGE Publications Ltd
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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.

Editors' Introduction: Principles and values in qualitative research - Ron Iphofen and Martin Tolich
Part One Introduction - Ron Iphofen and Martin Tolich
Chapter 1: Values in Social Research - Martyn Hammersley
Chapter 2: Ethics, Reflexivity and Virtue - David Carpenter
Chapter 3: A Posthumanist Ethics of Mattering: New Materialisms and the Ethical Practice of Inquiry - Natasha Mauthner
Chapter 4: Feminist Epistemologies And Ethics: Ecological Thinking, Situated Knowledges, Epistemic Responsibilities - Andrea Doucet
Chapter 5: Ethical Imperialism? Exporting Research Ethics to the Global South - Mark Israel
Chapter 6: Ethical Aspects of Emancipatory Approaches to Research In Practice - Helen Kara
Part Two Introduction - Ron Iphofen and Martin Tolich
Chapter 7: The Ethics of Ethnography - Paul Atkinson and Sara Delamont
Chapter 8: He Said, She Said, We Said: Ethical Issues In Conducting Dyadic Interviews - Karen Lowton
Chapter 9: Ethical Issues when Undertaking Autoethnographic Research with Families - Anita Gibbs
Chapter 10: Between Dance and Detention: Ethical Considerations of Mesearch in Performance - Mark Edward
Chapter 11: Walking Interview Ethics - Penelope Kinney
Chapter 12: Ethics and Power in Visual Research Methods - Anne Harley & Jonathon Langdon
Chapter 13: Ethics Working In An Ever-Changing Environment - Shir Lerman and Olivia Marcus
Part Three Introduction - Ron Iphofen and Martin Tolich
Chapter 14: Confronting Political Dilemmas in Ethnographic Field Work: Consent, Personal Safety and Triangulation - Jon Shefner and Zachary McKenney
Chapter 15: ualitative Ethics in a Positivist frame: The Canadian Experience 1998-2010 - Igor Gontcharov
Chapter 16: When Ethics Review Boards Get Ethnographic Research Wrong - Lisa Wynn
Chapter 17: Reflexivity: overcoming distrust between Research Ethics Committees and Researchers - Marilys Guillemin and Lynn Gillam
Chapter 18: Moving beyond Regulatory Compliance: Building Institutional Support for Ethical Reflection in Research - Gary Allen and Mark Israel
Chapter 19: Research Ethics Committees - What are they good for? - David Hunter
Part Four Introduction - Ron Iphofen and Martin Tolich
Chapter 20: The Vulnerability of Vulnerability: Why Social Science Researchers Should Abandon the Doctrine of Vulnerability - Will Van den Hoonaard
Chapter 21: Researching hate crime against disabled people GÇô working through ethical considerations when the GÇÿpersonal is politicalGÇÖ - Chih Hoong Sin
Chapter 22: Participatory Action Research With Indigenous Youth And Their Communities - Linda Liebenberg, Michele Wood, and Darlene Wall
Chapter 23: . Role Conflict and Questions of Rigour: Working with Community Researchers in Sexual Health - Julie Mooney-Somers and Anna Olsen
Chapter 24: Fair Warnings: The Ethics of Ethnography with Children - Angel Garcia and Gary Alan Fine
Chapter 25: Protecting And Empowering Research With The Vulnerable Older Person - Fiona Poland and Linda Birt
Chapter 26: Ethics Unleashed: Developing Responsive Ethical Practice And Review For The Inclusion Of Non-Human Animal Participants In Qualitative Research - Emma Tumilty, Catherine M. Smith, Peter Walker and Gareth Treharne
Chapter 27: Paternalism and the Ethics of Researching with People who use Drugs - Lucy Pickering
Part Five Introduction - Ron Iphofen and Martin Tolich
Chapter 28: An Exception To The Rule: Journalism And Research Ethics - Donald Matheson
Chapter 29: The Dual Imperative in Disaster Research Ethics - D+¦nal OGÇÖMath+¦na
Chapter 30: Ethical Issues in Insider-Outsider Research - Bridgette Toy-Cronin
Chapter 31: Covert: The Fear And Fascination Of A Methodological Pariah - David Calvey
Chapter 32: Ethical issues in Grounded Theory - Karin Olson
Part Six Introduction - Elizabeth Buchanan
Chapter 33: Research That Hurts Them And Me: Ethical Considerations When Studying Vulnerable Populations Online - Camilla P. Granholm and Eva Smedmark
Chapter 34: . GÇÿWhat if theyGÇÖre bastards?GÇÖ: Ethics and the Imagining of the Other in the Study of Online Fan Cultures - Natasha E. Whiteman
Chapter 35: Negotiating the ethics of gendered online spaces in Mainland China and Hong Kong - Tom McDonald, Karen Joe-Laidler and Marissa Dean
Concluding Thoughts: The virtues of qualitative research - Ron Iphofen and Martin Tolich

I doubt there are many, if any, qualitative researchers who are not mindful of the ethical responsibilities they bear when investigating social situations. These responsibilities go far beyond the procedural requirements of ethics reviews and require careful thought and on-going review. By considering various ethical perspectives whilst reflecting the diversity of qualitative approaches and techniques, the contributions to this handbook demonstrate the need to treat each research endeavour as a unique instance, requiring a unique ethical response. In doing so it offers a valuable resource to both experienced researchers and those who are just starting out alike.

Dr. Ron Iphofen FAcSS is an Independent Research Consultant, a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS), the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of Medicine. Since retiring as Director of Postgraduate Studies in the School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University, his major activity has been as an adviser to the European Commission (EC) on both the seventh framework programme (FP7) and Horizon 2020. His consultancy work has covered a range of research agencies (in government and independent) across Europe. He was Vice Chair of the UK Social Research Association and now convenes their Research Ethics Forum. He was scientific consultant on the EC RESPECT project GÇô establishing pan-European standards in the social sciences. He has advised the UK Research Integrity Office; the National Disability Authority (NDA) of the Irish Ministry of Justice; and the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology among many others. He founded with colleagues a UK Academy of Social Sciences working group on generic principles in research ethics. Ron is founding Executive Editor of the gerontology journal Quality in Ageing and Older Adults. He published Ethical Decision Making in Social Research: A Practical Guide (2009/2011). He is Executive Editor of a book series Advances in Research Ethics and Integrity. Martin B. Tolich has a BA and MA in Sociology from Auckland University and a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Davis. He is currently Associate Professor in Sociology at Otago University, New Zealand. Martin has authored and coauthored numerous books on research methods and research ethics for publishers Longmans, Auckland, and Oxford University Press, Auckland. He has published extensively in journals in a range of areas including ethics, qualitative health research, and unequal protection for patient rights.