British Sociology Association Ethical Guidance Notes File.pdf

British Sociology Association Ethical Guidance Notes File.pdf

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British Sociological Association – Statement of Ethical Practice – March 2002 (appendix updated May 04) STATEMENT OF ETHICAL PRACTICE FOR THE BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION MARCH 2002 (Appendix updated May 2004) Statement of Ethical Practice This statement is one of a set of Guidelines on a variety of fundamental aspects of professional sociology. The British Sociological Association gratefully acknowledges the use made of the ethical codes and statements of the Social Research Association, the American Sociological Association and the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and the Commonwealth . 1) The purpose of the statement is to make members aware of the ethical issues that may arise throughout the research process and to encourage them to take responsibility for their own ethical practice. The Association encourages members to use the Statement to help educate themselves and their colleagues to behave ethically. 2) The statement does not, therefore, provide a set of recipes for resolving ethical choices or dilemmas, but recognises that it will be necessary to make such choices on the basis of principles and values, and the (often conflicting) interests of those involved. 3) Styles of sociological work are diverse and subject to change, not least because sociologists work within a wide variety of settings. Sociologists, in carrying out their work, inevitably face ethical, and sometimes legal, dilemmas which arise out of competing obligations and conflicts of interest. 4) The following statement advises members of the Association about ethical concerns and potential problems and conflicts of interest that may arise in the course of their professional activities. The statement is not exhaustive but summarises basic principles for ethical practice by sociologists. Departures from the principles should be the result of deliberation and not ignorance. The strength of this statement and its binding force rest ultimately on active discussion, reflection, and continued use by sociologists. In addition, the statement will help to communicate the professional position of sociologists to others, especially those involved in or affected by the activities of sociologists. 1 British Sociological Association. A Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered in England and Wales. Company Number: 3890729. Registered Charity Number: 1080235. The British Sociological Association, Bailey Suite, Palatine House, Belmont Business Park, Belmont, Durham, DH1 1TW.
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British Sociological Association – Statement of Ethical Practice – March 2002 (appendix updated May 04) Professional Integrity 5) Sociological research is a valuable activity and contributes to the well-being of society. Members should strive to maintain the integrity of sociological inquiry as a discipline, the freedom to research and study, and to publish and promote the results of sociological research including making data available for the use of researchers in the future
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