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By Robert Dingwall | Published: November 5, 2015
The Federal Register is surely not everybody’s bedtime reading. It is where the US Government formally publishes certain official documents, including advance notice of its intention to make rules that implement Executive policies. For social science researchers, one of the most important of these has long been the so-called Common Rule, introduced in 1981 and […]
By Robert Dingwall | Published: March 15, 2012
How an unholy alliance of arrogant scientists and self-interested federal bureaucrats came to widen the net of ethical regulation intended to deal with abuses in medical research to empirical investigation in the humanities and social sciences.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: November 29, 2011
This summer, I have been reading one of the most impressive ethnographies that I have seen for a long time: Playing on the Edge: Sadomasochism, Risk and Intimacy by Staci Newmahr. (I should declare an interest: I first came across Staci’s work in a couple of journal articles and on the strength of these, and […]