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Heather Westmoreland PHI-210RS-OL01 Written Case Analysis 6 In Case 11 (Ruggiero 120), the reader is introduced to a sociologist who learns about members of the community that are involved in a car-theft ring while she is studying the subculture of a particular group. To maintain their confidence in her, the sociologist elects not to report her knowledge of said activity to the police. This is an example of care perspective, where she is focusing on the relationship she has established and her individual need to study their subculture further (Burnor, Raley 257). The parties involved in this case are the sociologist, the members of the subculture she’s studying, those involved in the car-theft ring, and the local police department. The moral issue at stake is withholding information about a crime. The sociologist knows what they’re doing is wrong; not reporting it is morally dishonest and unethical. With respect to the relationships of care that are at stake, the sociologist has a symmetrical relationship with the members of the subculture.

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