As the federal government elaborates its networks of control over social research, some investigators feel that federal regulations mean only increased costs and constricted research opportunities; others see the possibility of better research through the informed interaction between investigator and subjects that can be brought about by these same regulations. This book—in which responsible social research is defended as essential for intelligent social policy--pre-sents the effects of federal regulations on various research methodologies, with particular attention to their differential impact on qualitative and quantitative studies. It also presents material on the formation and nature of the federal regulatory system, the effects of research on the different kinds of populations studies, and the conflicts among professional associations with regard to regulation.

chapter |8 pages


ByMurray L. Wax, Joan Cassell

part I|72 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

Some Perspectives on Ethical/Political Issues in Social Science Research

ByM. Brewster Smith

chapter 2|20 pages

Privacy and Social Research

ByEdith E. Graber

chapter 3|18 pages

Human Subjects Review Committees and Social Research

ByBradford H. Gray

chapter 4|20 pages

The Reluctant Merlins of Camelot

Ethics and Politics of Overseas Research
ByMurray L. Wax

part II|64 pages

Qualitative Methodology

chapter |2 pages

Introduction to Part II

ByMurray L. Wax, Joan Cassell

chapter 5|18 pages

Fieldwork, Ethics and Politics

The Wider Context
ByMurray L. Wax, Joan Cassell

chapter 6|16 pages

Federal Regulations, Institutional Review Boards and Qualitative Social Science Research

Comments on a Problematic Era
ByVirginia Olesen

chapter 7|9 pages

Protecting Privacy in Action-Oriented Fieldwork

ByJanet M. Fitchen

chapter 8|16 pages

Regulating Fieldwork

Of Subjects, Subjection, and Intersubjectivity
ByJoan Cassell

part III|72 pages

Quantitative Methodology

chapter |4 pages

Introduction to Part III

ByMurray L. Wax, Joan Cassell

chapter 9|22 pages

Federal Regulation of Social Research

Survey Instrument
ByClark C. Abt

chapter 10|12 pages

On Solutions to Some Privacy Problems Engendered by Federal Regulation and Social Custom

ByRobert F. Boruch, Joseph S. Cecil

chapter 11|32 pages

Informed Consent Procedures in Surveys

Some Reasons for Minimal Effects on Response
ByEleanor Singer

part IV|28 pages


chapter 12|19 pages

Case Study

An Undergraduate's Experience with Human Subjects Review Committees
ByLyrine Kipnis

chapter 13|6 pages

Final Words

ByMurray L. Wax, Joan Cassell