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1st Edition

Ethics, Ethnocentrism and Social Science Research

ISBN 9780367201067
Published November 30, 2020 by Routledge
250 Pages

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Book Description

This book addresses the ethical and methodological issues that researchers face while conducting cross-cultural social research.

With globalization and advanced means of communication and transportation, many researchers conduct research in cross-cultural, multicultural, and transnational settings. Through a range of case studies, and drawing on a range of disciplinary expertise, this book addresses the ethics, errors, and ethnocentrism of conducting law and crime related research in settings where power differences, as well as stereotypes, may come into play. Including chapters from scholars across cultures and settings – including Greece, Canada, Vienna, South Africa, India, and the United States – this book provides an invaluable survey of the issues attending cross-cultural social justice research today.

Engaging issues confronted by all cross-cultural researchers this book will be invaluable to those working across the social sciences as well as professionals in criminal justice and social work.

Table of Contents

1.Ethics and Generalizability in Qualitative Research: Collecting Data from Refugees and Forced Migrants, A Case Study  2.(In)visibility of Emotions and Ethical Concerns in (Indian) Prison Research  3.Social Science Research in Canada: Ethical and Methodological Issues  4.When Research Violates Local Indigenous Communities  5.Methodological Challenges and Ethical dilemmas: Research on Domestic Violence in Greece  6.Co-Opting Voice and Cultivating Fantasy: Contextualizing and Critiquing the A Gay Girl in Damascus Hoax Blog  7."Hindu Nationalism" or "Hinduphobia"?: Ethnocentrism, Errors, and Bias in Media and Media Studies  8.Performing Intersectional Reflexivity: Conducting Ethical Interviews with Muslim International and Muslim American Students in the Trump Era  9."An explanation of each ceremony…and on which occasion they are performed": Red Jacket and the Presentation of Native History in Early American Museums


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Divya Sharma is a Professor of Justice and Law Administration at the Western Connecticut State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology, and Master’s degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice. Her research focuses on topics related to informal banking systems, money laundering; immigration, globalization and ethnic identity; and, white-collar crimes.