RESEARCHERS AND THEIR SUBJECTS: ETHICS, POWER, KNOWLEDGE AND CONSENT

    RESEARCHERS AND THEIR SUBJECTS, ETHICS, POWER, KNOWLEDGE
    AND CONSENT

    Edited by Marie Smyth and Emma Williamson

    Policy Press

    ISBN 1861345143, £23

    Star Rating: 4/5

    This is an unusual and fascinating book. It is not a textbook on
    research methodology but would nonetheless be useful for
    researchers, both those new to research activity and those who are
    already established, writes Christina Mason.

    The editors have brought together 11 chapters, written by
    authors of different disciplines, on the ethical dilemmas
    experienced in the conduct of their research projects, and how
    these ethical challenges were met. Chapters vary in the way that
    they present information.

    For example, a chapter on domestic violence and research ethics
    presents extracts from round table discussions while another gives
    the author’s account of struggling to get a project through the
    various hoops that are in the way. It is this that makes the book
    fascinating, as each chapter is a well-told story of research
    practice as it really is rather than as we might hope it to be.

    Christina Mason is director of research, St Joseph’s
    Hospice, London.

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