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date: 13 April 2021

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Sociology has been at the forefront of scholarly debate about how to engage in social research ethically. This chapter considers sociology’s contribution to some of the key contemporary debates in this area. It begins with an outline of philosophical approaches to the ethics of undertaking social research, considering how these have been applied in sociological research. It also engages with the question of ethics governance models. The chapter then focuses on five established and emerging areas of ethical debate: the nature and formalization of consent; the use of new technologies and online data; the complexities of data sharing; the growing impact of insights from intercultural and indigenous research; and issues in autoethnography. It concludes with a question about the wider implications of sociological research as a social governance strategy.

Keywords: research ethics, ethical research, sociology ethics, consent, online research ethics, indigenous ethics, data ethics, autoethnography

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