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Qualitative Ethics in Practice

1st Edition

By Martin Tolich


217 pages

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Neither ethics committees nor qualitative researchers can predict the types of ethical dilemmas that will happen in the field, only that they will routinely occur. In Qualitative Ethics in Practice, a team of fifteen top researchers from various disciplines and nationalities offer ethical strategies unique to qualitative researchers for those "big ethical moments" beyond what can be predicted by ethics committees. Ideally structured for qualitative classes that tackle ethics issues, the book

-calls for an ethical code unique to the practice of qualitative research;

-uses a variety of cases from education, community development, tourism, family, and other settings to examine how researchers addressed ethical dilemmas in practice, including the infamous Belfast Project;

-highlights some relevant models and programs being developed that may lead to solutions.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Qualitative Ethics in Practice, Martin Tolich

Chapter 2: Qualitative Research Horror Stories, Martin Tolich

Chapter 3: Are Qualitative Research Ethics Unique? Martin Tolich

Chapter 4: How Emergent Research Questions Confound Mixed Methods Ethics? Martin Tolich

Chapter 5: The Making(s) of a Qualitative Code of Ethics: Canada’s Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, Will van den Hoonaard

Chapter 6: ‘Not Behaving as a Grieving Mother Should’: Exploring the Ethical Pitfalls of Identity Construction within an Insider Study of Sudden, Unexpected Child Death, Denise Turner

Chapter 7: Resilient Vulnerabilities: Bereaved Persons Discuss their Experience of Participating in Thanatology Research, Bonnie Scarth and Cyril Schafer

Chapter 8: Ethical Dilemmas Around Anonymity and Confidentiality in Longitudinal Research Data Sharing: The Death of Dan, Rosalind Edwards and Susie Weller

Chapter 9: A Belfast Project Autopsy: Whom Can You Trust? Ted Palys and John Lowman

Chapter 10: Schoolyard Ethics: Getting Close, Blending in, Keeping Distance, Grace Spencer

Chapter 11: Thinking on Their Feet: Ten PhD Graduates Negotiate Unexpected Ethical Dilemmas, Amber Chambers and Melanie Beres

Chapter 12: How Community Collaboration Transformed the Research Question in a Study of Knoxville’s Green Economy, Jon Shefner

Chapter 13: Eat, Pray, Love, Ethics: Researching Expats and Tourists in Bali, Claudia Bell

Chapter 14: Mediating Ethics in Research Practice, Ron Iphofen

Chapter 15: Facilitating Procedural Ethics: Establishing the Research Ethics Application Database at Oxford University, Helen Kara

Chapter 16: Afterword: Routinizing the Partial, Martin Tolich



About the Authors

About the Series

Developing Qualitative Inquiry

Books in the Developing Qualitative Inquiry series, written by leaders in qualitative inquiry, address important topics in qualitative methods. Targeted to a broad multi-disciplinary readership, the books are inteded for mid-level to advanced researchers and advanced students. The series forwards the field of qualitative inquiry by describing new methods or developing particular aspects of established methods.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Research