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The Palgrave Handbook of Ethics in Critical Research

  • Catriona Ida Macleod
  • Jacqueline Marx
  • Phindezwa Mnyaka
  • Gareth J. Treharne

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Catriona Ida Macleod, Jacqueline Marx, Phindezwa Mnyaka, Gareth J. Treharne
    Pages 1-13
  3. Encounters with Systems

  4. Blurring Boundaries

  5. The Politics of Voice, Anonymity, and Confidentiality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Catriona Ida Macleod, Phindezwa Mnyaka
      Pages 227-240

About this book


‘The chapters in this handbook question the very idea that what constitutes ethical research can exist outside of specific contexts and applications.’
-Damien Riggs, Associate Professor, Flinders University, Australia

‘The editors have collected a remarkable set of stories about the ethical struggles that arise when researchers move into contested/uncharted/politicized terrain.’
-Jeanne Marecek, Professor Emerita, Swarthmore College, USA

‘This Handbook is an incredible achievement and offers a really useful resource for academics, researchers and students.’
-Wendy Stainton-Rogers, Professor Emerita, Open University, UK

This handbook highlights the growing tensions surrounding the current dominant ethical clearance model which is increasingly being questioned, particularly in critical research. It draws on stories from the field in critical research conducted in a range of contexts and countries and on an array of topics. The authors involved in this collection encountered dilemmas, contradictions and surprises that brought about a change in their understanding of ethics. Throughout the book they discuss how ethics is an ongoing and situated struggle that requires researchers, at times, to traverse traditional ethical imperatives. Four sections lead readers through the complexities of grounded ethical practice: encountering systems, including Ethics Committees and institutions; blurring boundaries within research; the politics of voice, anonymity and confidentiality; and power relations in researching ‘down’, ‘up’, and ‘alongside’. This handbook is a resource for social science researchers using critical methodologies across a range of disciplines, as well as for students and teachers of ethics, in navigating the quandaries of ‘doing good’ while doing good research.   


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Editors and affiliations

  • Catriona Ida Macleod
    • 1
  • Jacqueline Marx
    • 2
  • Phindezwa Mnyaka
    • 3
  • Gareth J. Treharne
    • 4
  1. 1.Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction, Department of PsychologyRhodes UniversityGrahamstownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction, Department of PsychologyRhodes UniversityGrahamstownSouth Africa
  3. 3.Department of HistoryUniversity of the Western CapeBellvilleSouth Africa
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

About the editors

Catriona Ida Macleod is Professor of Psychology, SARChI Chair at Rhodes University, South Africa, and editor-in-chief of Feminism & Psychology. 

Jacqueline Marx is a research psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Rhodes University, South Africa. 

Phindezwa Mnyaka is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. 

Gareth Treharne is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Otago, Aotearoa/New Zealand. 

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