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Introduction

Emma Williamson and Marie Smyth

in Researchers and their 'subjects'

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9781861345141
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303220 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345141.003.0001
Introduction

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In February 2002, the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences organised a seminar in London to examine the theme of ‘Ethics and Research Guidelines’ from a diversity of perspectives. The majority of the participants and speakers of the event were social scientists with an interest in ethics and research. What emerged from the seminar was a diversity of views and approaches among social scientists concerning ethical issues. This book examines the relationship between researchers and participants across a number of different disciplines and from both perspectives. While the exploration of these issues begins in the context of social science, the book crosses the disciplinary boundaries that separate discussion of research ethics between the social and the natural sciences. This cross-disciplinary discussion is the main goal of this book. In this book, contribution from medicine, health, medical ethics, journalism, social policy, women's studies, and mental health provide a diverse examination of the relationship between researchers and the researched. By describing the relationship between the researcher and the researched from different standpoints, this book illustrates research which challenges the traditional researcher-researched dichotomy, alongside standard research practice, hence, offering the opportunity to compare diverse perspectives. Part One of the book considers research and research ethics from the participants's perspectives. Part Two consists of two chapters that address different experiences of the ethical review/governance process. Both of the chapters describe the researcher's experiences of external ethical review through local ethics committee (LRECs). Part Three contains chapters by an investigating journalist, social scientist, epidemiologist, and a researcher activist.

Keywords: ethics; research; ethical issues; researchers and participants; researcher; the researched; researcher-researched dichotomy; research ethics; ethical review/governance process

Chapter.  6860 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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