Theorizing Research Ethics for the Study of Psychological Phenomena from Within Relational Everyday Life

Jaakko Hilppö, Niklas Alexander Chimirri, Antti Rajala

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Abstract

How to investigate psychologically relevant phenomena in the most ethical ways possible is an enduring question for researchers not only in psychology but also in adjacent fields that study human subjectivity. Once acknowledging that both researchers and the people whose lives they want to study are human beings acting in a common world, also inhabited by non-human beings, the relationship between researchers and participants touches upon fundamental questions not only about what it means to do research together, but also what it means to conduct life in this world together. This implies that questions regarding what counts as ethical conduct need to be accentuated and also profoundly re-drawn given the encompassing complexity of these relations. In this article, we will shortly review the theoretical foundations and associated problematics of the dominant view of the researcher-researched relationship in current psychological (and other) research ethics. We then present and discuss what we mean by a relational ethical position from within practice and for practice. We will also shortly introduce how the other contributions to this special section advance the theoretical debates on research ethics.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHuman Arenas - An interdisciplinary Journal of Psychology, Culture, and Meaning
Volume2
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)405-415
ISSN2522-5790
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • Relational ethics
  • Everyday life
  • Psychology
  • Ethics

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