Ethics in Qualitative Research by Dr Melanie Mauthner, Maxine Birch, Julie Jessop, Tina Miller

By Dr Melanie Mauthner, Maxine Birch, Julie Jessop, Tina Miller

This ebook examines the theoretical and functional facets of moral dilemmas in qualitative learn. To many researchers, `ethics' has been linked to following moral directions and gaining ethics approval from educational our bodies. even though, the complexities of gaining knowledge of inner most lives and putting money owed within the public area more and more elevate moral matters which aren't simply solved by means of ideas and directions. This booklet addresses the distance among examine perform and moral ideas that tell it, targeting accountability and responsibility in utilized feminist examine perform. The publication explores moral concerns in examine from a number of angles, together with: - entry and knowledgeable consent - Negotiating participation - Rapport - The intentions of feminist examine - Epistemology and information research - Tensions among being a certified researcher and a `caring' specialist The ebook comprises useful instructions to help moral decision-making rooted in feminist ethics of care. Ethics in Qualitative learn is designed for teachers, execs and scholars undertaking learn, and is a well timed instructing textual content for ethics in examine around the social sciences.

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It forecloses the space we wish to open up for discussion of our, and others', intentions for research. Questioning the intentions that lie behind someone's research must not be interpreted as questioning their feminist commitment, but rather as trying to help clarify political aims and means. In some situations, such as when negotiating hostile audiences, we might not fully expose our political intentions in order to keep our place on the platform, as chapters in Feminist Dilemmas argued (Alldred, 1998; Standing, 1 998) .

Tronto, J. ( 1 993) Moral Boundaries: A Political Argument for an Ethic of Care. London: Routledge. Wise, S. ( 1 987) 'A framework for discussing ethical issues in feminist research: a review of the literature', in V. Griffiths, M. Humm, R. O'Rourke, J. Batsleer, F. Poland and S. Wise, Writing Feminist Biography 2: Using Life Histories. Studies in Sexual Politics No. 1 9, U niversity of Manchester. M. ( 1 997) Intersecting Voices: Dilemmas of Gender, Political Philosophy and Policy. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

The 'step­ ping into each other 's shoes' that Denzin recommends assumes an easy reversibility of positions that is neither possible nor desirable according to Young. This is because individuals have particular his­ tories and occupy social positions that make their relations asymmet­ rical. Young points out the difficulties of imagining another 's point of view or seeing the world from their standpoint when we lack their personal and group history. Instead, Young argues for 'asymmetrical reciprocity' which means accepting that there are aspects of another person's position that we do not understand, yet are open to asking about and listening to.

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