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Earl R. Babbie
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Earl R. Babbie
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Textbook Problem

Return to the example you devised in response to Exercise 1 and list five ethical issues that you can imagine having to confront if you were to undertake your study.

Summary Introduction

Introduction:

In studying an online shaving group, ethical considerations in the research would include: is it ethical to talk to people when they do not know their words may be recorded? Is it ethical to be in a setting and not commit to it wholeheartedly? Is it ethical to develop a calculated stance toward other people? Is it ethical to take sides in a fictionalized situation? Is it ethical to “use” people as allies to gain access to other people or groups?

Explanation

Answer and explanation:

(This question requires a subjective answer, this is an example.)

Ethics must be considered anytime research is being done with other humans. Five ethical considerations related to studying a social-media based group of fans of traditional shaving methods would include the following:

Is it ethical to talk to people when they do not know their words may be recorded?

A researcher may have to conceal their goal in order to observe behavior naturally.

Is it ethical to be in a setting and not commit to it wholeheartedly?

A researcher in such an online group may portray himself or herself as an advocate of the methods and techniques being used, even if there is no intention on really using them...

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