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NCJ Number: 99396 Find in a Library
Title: Ethics in Criminological Research
Journal: Canadian Criminology Forum  Volume:6  Issue:1  Dated:(Fall 1983)  Pages:61-74
Author(s): R S Rather; B Arnold
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 14
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: In Canadian criminological research, funding agencies tend to use ethical guidelines to disqualify research perceived as threatening to the funding sources, namely, research with a critical-radical perspective.
Abstract: As social science research knowledge has come to be viewed as a form of power, the influence of research sponsors has increased. The manipulative power of government agencies over criminological research, for example, has contributed to the technocratic character of the discipline, making it difficult to conduct research critical of the existing criminal justice system. Ethics regulations have apparently become a tool to justify repression of unwanted research. A sample of research ethical guideline documents shows commonalities in the areas of informed consent, confidentiality, and risks/benefits ratio. Ethical guidelines in these areas are used to reject sponsorship of research that focuses on criminal justice agencies, such as the police, which do not want to be critically examined. An independent and critical social science may require funding from sources other than agencies with vested interests in the status quo. Ten notes and 36 references are listed.
Index Term(s): Canada; Criminology; Funding guidelines; Professional conduct and ethics; Radical criminology; Researcher subject relations; Sociological analyses
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