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Ethics and Values in Social Research

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ISBN-10: 0230202217

ISBN-13: 9780230202214

Edition: 2013

Authors: Paul Ransome

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Limited
Publication date: 4/23/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682

List of Tables
Preface
Dedication and Acknowledgements
Introduction
Theoretical parameters of the book
Theoretical consciousness
Key definitions used in the book
Outline of chapters
Social Values and Social Research: The Collective Good, Life and Liberty and Reason
Universal values: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
Social values
The strong society thesis
The strong individual thesis
The contents of the universal-moral social value system
Social Research and Professional Codes of Ethics
The complexity of research relationships
Researchers, research subjects and respondents
Relationships with other stakeholders
Professional codes of ethical practice: Nuremburg Code of 1947 and Declaration of Helsinki 1964/2008
Professional codes: British Sociological Association Statement of Ethical Practice
Professional codes: A UK university's guidelines on good research practice
Conclusion
The Intellectual and Philosophical Underpinnings of Social Research
Intellectual knowledge: Rationalism versus empiricism
Positivism
Functionalism: Rationalist theory as knowledge
Interpretivism
Asking the right kind of questions and questions that are worth asking
Conclusion
The Values of the Researcher and Evaluation Research
A brief history of evaluation
Appraising evaluation
From evaluation to evaluation research
Epistemological and ethical challenges faced by evaluation researchers
Conclusion
Critical Approaches in Social Research: Critical Realism and Value Standpoint Social Research
What does it mean to be 'critical'?
Advocacy, criticism and the research process
Ethical justification for adopting value standpoints in social research
Critical approaches in social research
Conclusion
Making It Personal: Action Research, Practitioner Research and Self-Reflexive Practice
The procedures of action research
The role of the action researcher
The kinds of practical and intellectual outcomes produced
Criticisms of the action perspective
Social Research and Social Policy
Social welfare policy and the political context
The role of social researchers in the policy-making process
Conclusion
Conclusion
Theoretical consciousness
Analytical criticism
Value neutrality
Relationships
Glossary
Bibliography
Index