Norma Romm's Accountability in social research: issues and debates PDF

By Norma Romm

ISBN-10: 0306465647

ISBN-13: 9780306465642

During this publication i've got focused on drawing recognition to varied conceptions of responsibility that would be dropped at undergo in judging the perform of social study. a lot of the e-book is equipped round making specific the assumptions that impression what counts as “proper” study in society, together with assumptions approximately how social inquirers can be held responsible. My concentration is on reviewing discourses round the perform of “professional” inquiry, in order to reconsidering the best way humans create expectancies for in charge social inquiry. My concentration hereon is expounded to my challenge that the style within which judgments approximately researchers’ responsibility are made, isn't with out social results for our lifestyle in society. i've got approached the problems by way of starting with a dialogue of tenets of the placement referred to as “positivism” (so named via definite proponents), and through contemplating the view on responsibility that's implied by way of adherence to those tenets. in brief expressed, positivist argumentation means that researchers are required to “do technological know-how” in a fashion that warrants their being thought of, certainly, scientists. i exploit my dialogue of responsibility as visible inside positivist argumentation to explicate ways that replacement positions have arisen as methods of treating responsibility concerns. via my means of evaluating a few of the positions, i am hoping to supply a few indication of the complexity ofethical and responsibility concerns in social inquiry.

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However, following Popper, Hammersley and Gomm suggest that this admission of uncertainty should not commit communities of inquirers to take the position that there is no point in trying to avoid error. 2). 3). Hammersley and Gomm’s view of accountability is based on the contention that the immediate goal of scientific inquiry must be the goal of producing knowledge — defined as statements that are in line with external realities. This implies that researchers should show some commitment to the principle of value freedom or objectivity.

They are constructed on the basis of particular assumptions and purposes, and their truth or falsity can only be judged in terms of standards that are themselves social constructions, and therefore relative. 1) As Hammersley and Gomm see it, such claims made on the part of feminists seem to commit them to the relativist claim that there is no “truth”. 2). 2). Criticism of others’ views (and reasons for holding these) becomes occluded within a relativist position, according to Hammersley and Gomm.

The accountability of scientists to society at large is also a function of their expressing their commitment to value freedom in their scientific work. The tenet of instrumental knowledge is linked in positivism to the conception of science as aimed at finding connections between phenomena in reality. Knowledge hereof may at some stage be useful to citizens wishing to make use of information provided concerning what outcomes can be expected to occur under specified conditions. 5 Their remit consists in providing the necessary factual basis for others to create informed decisions regarding the pursuit of goals (or indeed for themselves to do so as citizens).

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