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Chapter 3

Chapter 3 - Ethical issues for social researchers

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McGill University
Sociology (Arts)
SOCI 211
Yasmin Bayer

Chapter 3: Ethical issues for social researchers Ethical issues: Voluntary participation - Participation in a social experiment disrupts the subject’s regular activities - No one should be forced to participate - No harm to the participants - The ethical norms of voluntary participation and no harm to participants have become formalized in the concept of informed consent Informed consent: which research subjects base their voluntary participation in a study on a full understanding of the possible risks involved - Example: for a medical experiment: will be discussed with all the possible risks to themselves, will be required to sign a statement indicating they are aware of the risks and choose to participate anyways - Anonymity: anonymity may be guaranteed in a research project when neither the researchers nor the readers of the findings can identify a given response with a given respondent (for interviews, anonymity can’t be achieved because the interviewer
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