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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Doing Ethical Research

ISBN 9780230297470
Publication Date January 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Understanding and correctly applying ethics is an essential part of any research project. Students and researchers often struggle with knowing how and when to consider ethical issues and what to do when things don't go to plan. With examples throughout, this book is a practical guide to navigating the difficulties of this hugely important area.

Hannah Farrimond is a Lecturer in Medical Sociology at the University of Exeter, UK. Her research has been conducted in the areas of health, gender and addiction.

Introduction: Why Research Ethics Matters
Thinking Critically About Ethics
Ethical Principles and Codes
Ethical Procedures, Institutions and Norms
Research Design and Ethics
Writing a Successful Ethics Application or Project
Ethical Dilemmas When Running the Project
Informed Consent
Privacy, Anonymity and Confidentiality
Assessment of Possible Harm I: Participants
Assessment of Possible Harm II: Researcher Safety
Vulnerable groups and sensitive topics
The Ethics of Research With Children and Young People
Social Justice and Cultural Sensitivity
Internet Research and Ethics
Appendix I: Standards and Guidelines


"This in an excellent text on a topic that is becoming increasingly important for students and professionals alike. It is well-researched, written in a clear and accessible style, and will be extremely useful for both novice and experienced researchers" – Patrick White, University of Leicester, UK.
"Offering incredibly useful and practical guidance, this book talks through some very recognisable problems whilst giving accessible discussions of complex issues for those new to these topics. With provocative ethical dilemmas and questions posed throughout, it encourages the reader to think critically about ethics processes that are often about interpretation." - Nathan Hughes, University of Birmingham, UK.
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