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Hammersley, Martyn – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2016
It is argued in this paper that a significant number of definitions of terms provided in currently available methodological texts are inadequate or positively misleading. Some do not cover the main meaning of the term but focus instead on a non-standard one. Others fail to pick out the distinctive features of what is being defined. There are also…
Descriptors: Definitions, Research Methodology, Social Science Research, Accuracy
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Hammersley, Martyn – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2016
This article investigates the value of ethnographic re-studies, and some of the theoretical and methodological issues that carrying out a re-study can generate. It is argued that the disputes that arose around some classic examples in anthropology and community studies are particularly illuminating. For example, Mead's work on Samoa and Redfield's…
Descriptors: Reflection, Ethnography, Anthropology, Community Study
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Hammersley, Martyn – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2015
In some quarters today there are arguments to the effect that research ethics codes should be formulated in terms of principles, rather than specific prescriptions and proscriptions. This derives in part from what is probably the most influential approach to bioethics: principlism. What is provided here is an exploration of the nature of ethical…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Ethics, Moral Issues, Criticism