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Saturday, January 29, 2005

ethics in research: my standpoint

A lot of talk and (paid) written space (i.e. articles) is devoted nowadays to the ethics of social research.

It's a prominent discourse of anglo-saxon academia, along with the imminent worry about the management of the outcomes of research (ha ha ha).

I have to state here, in the initial postings, that:

I WON'T BE BOTHERED.

My approach and my subject do not need to be anonymized, in fact I would wish they would be more widespread.
I am dealing with an antagonistic social movement, which needs publication and spreading, preaching maybe...
My subject is the mapping and analysis of a social movement, like an ethnography.
In fact a web ethnography. It could be probably something like a social history of the greek antigm movement.
So, I will be providing many links and documents, web sites and pictures, not changing anything, aware that it is a matter of social actors who are not to be anonymized.
Unless, of course, they wish/ask to be so.
As I actively took (and take) part in this movement, thus sustain its goals, morale and world view (though the latter is hard to determine)

I AM NOT OBJECTIVE.
I have never wanted to be.

I AM CRITICAL.
I always want to be.
My epistemology is definitely relativistic and "anything goes" (Feyerabend, 1968). But that's another discussion.

So, apart from the global biotech indymedia link, take a greek one.
It is the biggest actor. A world-wide reformist ecological movement. (Who is it?)
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