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Ethics of de-identification: Exploring issues of erasure, safety, and agency

Anna Denejkina, University of Technology, Sydney: This article is an overview of a paper I presented at TASA’s 2017 Annual Conference. In it, I reflect on some of the ethical issues I encountered in my research, and how I overcame them. My PhD study investigated intergenerational transmission of combat-related trauma from parent to child, focusing […]

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Euthanasia: Morality or money?

Alan J. Scott:  Late in 2017, State parliaments in NSW and Victoria debated assisted dying (euthanasia) legislation, with Victoria sanctioning this action and NSW opposing it. The word ‘euthanasia’ comes from two Greek words eu and thanatos that together mean a ‘good’, or perhaps a ‘gentle’, death but the way the word is used today […]

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The ethical practice of social enquiry (Or, Never mind the question, let’s get the answer right)

Alan J. Scott, Independent researcher:  (Editor’s note: This is a revised version of an article first written in 1979. The questions it raises are still relevent today.) There is a group of words that are often used as if they have precise meanings, but in practice they overlap and are interwoven, to the extent that […]

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Ethical dilemmas of fieldwork in China

Elly Leung, University of Western Australia: In my PhD research ‘Exploring Worker Consciousness in China’ I am examining how the lived experience of everyday Chinese workers has influenced their willingness to improve their working and living conditions as a class for themselves and others in China. This research focus is justified by the explosion of […]

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Ethical treatment of human remains and relatives of the missing in Spain‬‬‬

Natalia Maystorovich Chulio, University of Sydney:  ‘Human remains are not just another artefact, they have potency, they are charged with political, evidentiary and emotional meanings…’ (Cassman et al., 2006:1). As the above quote reflects, human remains are never neutral; they are imbued with meaning. There is an expectation that those working in medico-legal forensic work […]

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Ethical dilemmas when working across disciplines

Eileen Clark, Clarks Clerks Research Services:  We might imagine that the ethical principles governing research are universal and clearly delineated, so that an action is either right or wrong with little room for doubt. However, my recent work has shown me that different disciplines may interpret the principles of beneficence, respect for human dignity, and […]

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