What ethical challenges are faced by researchers studying social and political movements? Should scholars integrate their personal politics and identities into their research? What role should activists have in shaping the purposes or processes of social scientific research? How do changing political contexts affect the ethical integrity of a research project over time?

These are some of the live issues of research ethics that face students and scholars whose research ‘subjects’ are located in contentious political terrain. The contributors to this volume expose their own ethical thinking as they have met such challenges head on. Each explores real dilemmas of ethical practice on the ground as they carry out research on social movements across the globe. Authors examining pro-democracy activists in Malaysia, sanctions-breakers in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, environmental health organisations in North America and much else find that the narrow confines of Research Ethics Committees and Institutional Review Boards offer little guidance on the questions that really matter. They offer instead a demonstration of continual reflexivity that is both personal and political in its approach. This book opens up debate on research ethics, delineating key challenges and offering hopeful and practical ways forward for real-world, ethical social science.

This bookw as published as a special issue of Social Movement Studies.

chapter |15 pages

Reflexive Research Ethics for Environmental Health and Justice: Academics and Movement Building

ByAlissa Cordner, David Ciplet, Phil Brown, Rachel Morello-Frosch

chapter |16 pages

Sisterhood and After: Individualism, Ethics and an Oral History of the Women's Liberation Movement

ByMargaretta Jolly, Polly Russell, Rachel Cohen

chapter |14 pages

Disclosed and Willing: Towards A Queer Public Sociology

ByAna Cristina Santos