I Left My Ethics in My Other Pants, and My Other Pants at Home in America

…That was the working title of Milli Lake and my new article, published under the far more anodyne “Ethics Abroad: Fieldwork in Fragile and Violent Contexts”. Screen Shot 2018-04-18 at 3.24.26 PM

You can read it at the Political Science & Politics website. If you don’t have time (but come on, it’s like, 6 pages), here’s the argument in a nutshell: Don’t be a dick.

Specifically, don’t:

  1. endanger your research participants;
  2. re-traumatize vulnerable populations that you don’t have the training to work with;
  3. outsource ethical concerns to your local partner organization;
  4. take credit for the intellectual labor of your local research assistants.

The piece is full of anecdotes of ethical dilemmas that have arisen in our and our colleagues’ work (because let’s face it, we’re ALL coming up a bit short here) and we end with a set of questions to ask yourself if you’re conducting or reviewing this type of research. Check it out and let us know what we missed!

Kate Cronin-Furman

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