oa Mosenodi - Do western research ethics work in Africa? A discussion about not taking 'the taken-for-granted" for granted

Volume 15, Issue 1-2
  • ISSN : 1021-559X



Research ethics resemble a virtue one cannot honourably argue against. As such, it is a powerful device and it demands a critical assessment to avoid quick and biased conclusions. This constitutes the background for this discussion on differentiating the contextual from the universal. My errand is to invite you to a discussion of what we come to see as ethical research, or not. Unless we accept this invitation, we risk adopting Western research ethics uncritically on the assumption that research ethics are universal, and so neo-colonialism nips in through the back door. What is seen as ethical research all one context cannot be taken for granted in other contexts. Rather, to find out, we 1leed to explore the things taken-far-granted. I argue research ethics should be seen as a social phenomenon and not as a resource simply to be taken for granted.

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