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The ethics of the study of social problems

Israel, M.ORCID: 0000-0002-1263-8699 and Fozdar, F. (2019) The ethics of the study of social problems. In: Marvasti, A. and Treviño, A.J., (eds.) Researching Social Problems. Routledge as part of Taylor & Francis, pp. 188-204.

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We begin this chapter with some comments about the nature of social problems in contemporary political discourse, followed by a review of the ethical principles of respect, beneficence and justice, and related institutionalized guidelines. We illustrate our argument with examples related to “social problems” associated with migrants, refugees, and ethnic diversity. We argue that those engaged in researching social problems not only need to conduct their inquiry with a view to the traditional ethical questions of harms, benefits, consent and confidentiality, but also to consider how to do so in societies with a declining commitment to ameliorating the conditions of the less powerful.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education
Publisher: Routledge as part of Taylor & Francis
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