Research ethics in an unethical world: the politics and morality of engaged research

Morrison, Claudio and Sacchetto, Devi (2017) Research ethics in an unethical world: the politics and morality of engaged research. Work, Employment and Society . ISSN 0950-0170 (Published online first)

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Abstract

This article explores ethical dilemmas in researching the world of work. Recent contributions to WES have highlighted challenges for engaged research. Based on the emancipatory epistemologies of Bourdieu, Gramsci and Burawoy, the authors examine moral challenges in workplace fieldwork, question the assumptions of mainstream ethics discourses and seek to identify an alternative approach. Instead of an ethics premised on a priori, universal precepts that treasures academic neutrality, this article recognises a morality that responds to the social context of research with participation and commitment. The reflection in this study is based on fieldwork conducted in the former Soviet Union. Transformation societies present challenges to participatory ethnography but simultaneously provide considerable opportunities for developing an ethics of truth. An approach that can guide engaged researchers through social conflict’s ‘messy’ reality should hinge on loyalty to the emancipation struggles of those engaged in it.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Employment Relations group
Item ID: 22248
Notes on copyright: Morrison, C., Sacchetto, D., Research ethics in an unethical world: the politics and morality of engaged research, Work, Employment and Society (Journal Volume Number and Issue Number) pp. xx-xx. Copyright © 2017 (The Author(s)). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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Depositing User: Claudio Morrison
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2017 13:59
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2019 04:08
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/22248

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