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Ethical Dilemmas in International Criminological Research

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ISBN 9781032148670
March 31, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Building on the editors’ previous publication, Engaging with Ethics in International Criminological Research, this new book brings together a fresh collection of leading international scholars tackling ethical dilemmas in criminological research. Contributors address how they have experienced and addressed ethical issues in their research, and how they have balanced the benefits and harms of doing such research for both the researcher and the researched.

Ethical Dilemmas in International Criminological Research draws on various issues across a range of jurisdictions and political and social contexts, including cybercrime and transgressive online actions; state and police responses to crime; the war on drugs; working with traumatised participants in criminological research; punishment and prison; and sex, sexualities, and gender. Moreover, this collection aims to offer a truly international perspective, including insights from research projects in the Global South.

This book is essential reading for junior scholars just starting out with original research, as well as more seasoned researchers looking to gain insights into the challenges of criminological research in other cultural contexts. It is also instructive reading for students taking courses in criminological and social research methods.

Table of Contents

    1.Introduction: Ethical event horizons in criminological research Michael Adorjan and Rosemary Ricciardelli  2.Research Ethics, Researchers’ Responsibilities, and the Ethical Dilemmas in Research with Young People about their Socio-political Participation Paul Vinod Khiatani and Wing Hong Chui  3.Gaining Little Things and Losing Big Things: The Ethics of Using Deception to Gain Institutional Access Laura Huey  4.Befriending Police Officers: Reflecting on the Ethics of my Deceptive Buddy Researcher Tactics Ajay Sandhu  5.Practitioner-researchers, ethical reflexivity, and the need to negotiate ethics on multiple institutional levels Ana Borges Jelinic  6.Cross-cultural and comparative research in Northern Ireland: Insider, Outsider, Other Anna Eriksson  7.Prison Officer Training: Transient Identity during Immersive Ethnography Helen Arnold and Rosemary Ricciardelli  8.The ethics of researching ‘hard to reach’ populations: The case of ‘hidden’ older illegal drug users and the attendant advantages of an ethical approach David Moxon and Jaime Waters  9.The Keepers of Secrets: Ethics and the Emotional Labour of Working with Privileged Populations During Criminological Research Kate Lowe and Alexandra Ridgway  10.Dreams and nightmares: Interviewing research participants who have experienced psychological trauma Mari Todd-Kvam and David R. Goyes  11.Fear and Loathing in the Philippines: The Ethics of Researching President Rodrigo Duterte’s War on Drugs William N. Holden  12.Conclusion: An Ethical Imagination Michael Adorjan and Rosemary Ricciardelli

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    Michael Adorjan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary, Canada and Fellow with the Centre for Criminology, University of Hong Kong.

    Rosemary Ricciardelli is Professor of Sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.


    Drawing on a range of international scholarship, this book contributes to a wide-ranging and sophisticated discussion  on the ethical processes, ethical thinking and decision making that researchers engage in while conducting  criminological research. The book is true to its commitment of including a Global South perspective. Each   chapter raises thought-provoking ethical issues that goes beyond governance processes. The authors provide valuable  insights and analyses for researchers looking to expand their understanding of research ethics and being in the field.

    Azrini Wahidin, University of Warwick, Programme Lead for the Sociology and Criminology Programme, Chair of the Ethics and Professional Affairs Committee, British Society of Criminology