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Ethics in Social Science Research
Becoming Culturally Responsive



December 2017 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Ethics in Social Science Research: Becoming Culturally Responsive provides a thorough grounding in research ethics, along with examples of real-world ethical dilemmas in working with vulnerable populations. Author Maria K. E. Lahman aims to help qualitative research students design ethically and culturally responsive research with communities that may be very different from their own. Throughout, compelling first person accounts of ethics in human research—both historical and contemporary—are highlighted and each chapter includes vignettes written by the author and her collaborators about real qualitative research projects.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
PART I. BECOMING ETHICALLY RESPONSIVE RESEARCHERS
 
Chapter 1. Becoming Ethically Responsive Researchers: Introduction
Federal and Discipline Human Research Ethics Adherence

 
Developing Aspirational Ethics

 
Book Organization

 
Elements of the Text

 
 
Chapter 2. Culturally Responsive Relational Reflexive Ethics in Research: The Three Rs
Other in Research

 
Vulnerable in Research

 
Participant as Capable and Competent, Yet Vulnerable

 
Creating an Aspirational Research Ethics Stance

 
Why Create Your Own Ethical Stance?

 
Exemplar of an Aspirational Ethics Stance

 
Reflexive Questions

 
Resources

 
 
Chapter 3. Research Ethics History: Regulations and Beyond
A Brief History of Contemporary Western Research Ethics

 
Research Ethics Boards

 
Research Ethics Boards (REBs)

 
Reflexive Questions

 
Resources

 
 
Chapter 4. Research Pragmatics and Methodological Considerations
Informed Consent

 
Confidentiality

 
Culturally Responsive Ethical Research Methodology

 
Reflexive Questions

 
Reflexive Course Experience

 
Resources

 
 
PART II. EXEMPLARS OF BECOMING CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE ETHICAL RESEARCHERS
 
Chapter 5. Ethical Research With Children: Always Othered?
Image of a Child

 
Contemporary Images of the Child

 
Children as Other

 
Nature of Adult Memory

 
Researchers’ Methodological Positioning to Child

 
Suggestions for Early Childhood Researchers

 
Always Othered

 
Reflexive Questions

 
Reflexive Course Experience

 
Resources

 
 
Chapter 6. Ethical Research With People Who Immigrate: A Stranger in a Strange Land
Humans: A Migratory Species

 
Current Immigration Contexts

 
Immigrants

 
Authors as Immigrants

 
The Research Contexts We Reflect Within

 
People Who Are Undocumented

 
Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery

 
International Students: Sojourner Immigrants

 
Ethical Considerations When Conducting Research With Immigrants

 
Conclusion

 
Reflexive Questions

 
Reflexive Course Experience

 
Resources

 
 
Chapter 7. Ethical Research With People of Diverse Sexual Orientation: Inescapably Othered?
Background

 
Historical Queer Research Narratives

 
Ethnography With LGBTQQ+ University Students

 
Ethical and Methodological Considerations

 
Inescapably Othered?

 
Reflexive Questions

 
Reflexive Course Experiences

 
Resources

 
 
Chapter 8. Ethical Research With People Who Are Homeless: “My Mind’s Not Homeless"
Current Contexts of Homelessness

 
People Who Are Homeless as Vulnerable Yet Capable and Competent

 
The Research Contexts We Reflect On

 
Ethical Considerations

 
Reflexive Questions

 
Reflexive Course Experiences

 
Resources

 
 
Chapter 9. Visual and Virtual Ethical Research: Captured Forever
Visual Research

 
Virtual Research

 
Internet as a Culture

 
Our Research Areas

 
Ethical Considerations

 
Reflexive Questions

 
Reflexive Course Experiences

 
Resources

 
 
Epilogue
 
Appendix A. Research Ethics Sample Syllabus
 
Appendix B. Research With Native American Communities
 
Appendix C. Older Age Is a Chronological Part of Life, Not a Vulnerability
 
Appendix D. Ethics Should Be About Protecting Participants, Not the Research Institution
 
Appendix E. The Use of the Internet and Skype in Qualitative Research
 
Appendix F. Reflexive Course Experiences
 
References
 
Index

Ethics in Social Science Research provides students of social science research with a comprehensive guide to the most challenging ethical concerns in a variety of disciplines. This is an invaluable toolkit.”

Robert Dahlgren
SUNY–Fredonia

“This text’s strengths are its emphasis on ethics as an ongoing, relational issue in research (rather than one only of primary concern in the planning stages) and its many concrete case study examples that students can relate to.”

Jason Crockett
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

“This text provides much needed guidance and clearly articulates the critical importance of valuing and honoring the rights of the vulnerable when they are engaged as research subjects.”

Bibhuti Sar
University of Louisville

“The text clearly explains the historical development of research ethics and the need for Institutional Review Boards. Its strength is that it challenges researchers to consider research from the participant point of view and develop a personal moral code regarding research.”

Marilyn Bruin
University of Minnesota

This is a path-breaking, well-crafted text that charts a culturally responsive path for doing qualitative research with vulnerable populations.

Norman K. Denzin
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Key features

KEY FEATURES:

  • First person, real, ethical research dilemmas make the information accessible and help bring the material to life so that students understand that they are actively part of this world of ethics.
  • Chapter vignettes look at real qualitative research projects with vulnerable populations such as children, homeless people, immigrants, and LGBTQ youth.
  • Cutting edge areas including ethics on the Internet, the use of human images, and digital data security are covered to provide currency.
  • An array of pedagogy such as Resource lists, Reflexive Discussion Questions, and Course Activities reinforce topics.
  • The Appendices offer students' ethical stances in the form of course papers that are not featured in the book, but help make the idea of developing one's own ethical stance feel less intimidating.

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