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Hunter, R. (2017). Research as a Social Practice: A Response to ‘Responsible to Whom? Obligations to Participants and Society in Social Science Research’ by Matt Sleat. In R. Iphofen (Ed.), Finding Common Ground: Consensus in Research Ethics Across the Social Sciences (Vol. 1, pp. 47–54). Emerald Publishing Limited. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2398-601820170000001005


This chapter responds to Matt Sleat’s chapter on appropriate ethical regulation for the social sciences (2017). I argue that research is a social practice which brings the researcher into relationships with a variety of institutional and individual actors including, but not limited to, research participants. In this context, I consider the range of ethical duties which may arise and the principles and values which may usefully underpin the conduct of social science research. In particular, I argue that the biomedical model should not be discarded but can be built upon to produce a more appropriate ethical framework for the social sciences.