Traversing Ethical Imperatives: Learning from Stories from the Field

  • Gareth J. TreharneEmail author
  • Phindezwa Mnyaka
  • Jacqueline Marx
  • Catriona Ida Macleod


In this chapter we integrate the lessons that are shared across this handbook through the rich, storied examples of ethics in critical research. We outline central themes to the handbook that cut across all of the sections. The notions of vulnerability and harm are pertinent in critical research not only as a duty to protect participants, but also as signifiers that are mobilised and can constrain what is achieved in critical research. The stories told in this handbook contribute to ongoing learning about ethics in critical research by drawing on ethically important moments in the unfolding research processes. We ask whether ethical critical research requires relational models of reciprocity between researchers and participants/co-researchers and appreciation of situated ethics in the bureaucratic review processes.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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