Ethical Quandaries in Social Research

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This book opens up a space of frank discussion about the often unsettling, messy realities of ethical decisionmaking in the thick of social research. All the contributors write in the first person about personal experiences of research. They expose tensions within professional codes of ethics, as well as a range of dilemmas that arose when personal ethical convictions jostled with disciplinary and institutional ethical imperatives. Spanning a range of research scenarios, qualitative and quantitative, across different disciplines, fields of study and institutional settings, this book will be of interest to all social researchers—in universities, NGOs and other applied milieu—working in fields of research structured by hierarchies of difference and conditions of inequality.


Deborah Posel is director of Humanities in Africa (HUMA) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is coeditor of Commissioning the Past: Understanding South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Fiona Ross is associate professor in the department of social anthropology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.