Accountability in Social Research

Issues and Debates

Authors: Romm, Norma

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In this book I have concentrated on drawing attention to various conceptions of accountability that might be brought to bear in judging the practice of social research. Much of the book is organized around making explicit the assumptions that influence what counts as “proper” research in society, including assumptions about how social inquirers might be held accountable. My focus is on reviewing discourses around the practice of “professional” inquiry, with a view to reconsidering the way in which people create expectations for accountable social inquiry. My focus hereon is related to my concern that the manner in which judgments about researchers’ accountability are made, is not without social consequences for our way of living in society. I have approached the issues by beginning with a discussion of tenets of the position called “positivism” (so named by certain proponents), and by considering the view on accountability that is implied by adherence to these tenets. Briefly expressed, positivist argumentation suggests that researchers are required to “do science” in a manner that warrants their being considered, indeed, scientists. I use my discussion of accountability as seen within positivist argumentation to explicate ways in which alternative positions have arisen as ways of treating accountability issues. Through my way of comparing the various positions, I hope to provide some indication of the complexity ofethical and accountability issues in social inquiry.

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`...[T]his is a sophisticated and challenging book which addresses one of the key issues surrounding social research, and as such it would be essential reading for any serious researcher desiring to question the assumptions underpinning their activities...There are few sources which combine the theoretical and the practical so succinctly and to such good effect.'
Lorraine Warren, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 19:6 (2002)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Accountability in Social Research
Book Subtitle
Issues and Debates
Authors
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-306-47199-5
DOI
10.1007/b107542
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-46564-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-3358-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 317
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