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n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Ducking and diving : ethical and moral dilemmas in doing criminological research

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Abstract

This article focuses on the ethics of doing research in dangerous or ethically compromising environments. It focuses on two ethnographic projects in South Africa: youth involvement in political violence and the transformation of the riot police. In this article I reflect on a number of ethical dilemmas that confront those of us who choose to go into the field and discover why violence occurs, and how social control works, from the inside. I explore a number of ethical dilemmas in this article: the slippery nature of informed consent; seeing things that are morally compromising; going native; and putting ourselves in dangerous situations. This article is written in a narrative and self-reflective form. The aim of the article is to stimulate discussion on ethical dilemmas in doing rough ethnographies, i.e. ethnographies in places and spaces that are not safe or comfortable for researchers.

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2012-01-01
2016-12-08
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