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RESEARCH AND ETHICS
· Research cannot have any negative effects on the participants
· Consider impacts on friends and family of participants
· Victims of crime- do they want to read about their perpetrators
in depth, especially if they have harmed them…read more

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TOPIC AREA CHOSEN
· Choice of topic area may have an ethical dimension
· Why has the area been chosen?
· Does the researcher have a bias or preconception?
· Will researching this area confirm existing prejudice?
· Traditionally social research concentrates on working class and ethnic
groups- does this perpetuate links between crime and poverty?…read more

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IMPACT ON THISE BEING INVESTIGATED
· Will the participants be psychologically harmed by the research?
· Could their civil rights be infringed?
· For example, the big brother house-could this experiment harm the
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LEGAL ISSUES
· Sociologists may become confidents to criminal activity or witness
deviant acts
· How far should they go to get research data?
· Kenneth Tunnel in 1998 discovered his subject had taken on the
identity of a dead person to shorten his sentence (he kept quiet until
the end of his research)…read more

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FUNDING-Will the organisation funding the research expect anything?
· PERSONAL REASONS-Ambitious sociologists will choose a subject
that will `sell'
· ACADEMIC SPECIALISM-Could influence choice of research
(objectivity)…read more

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