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A Most Human Enterprise : Controversies in the Social Sciences

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A Most Human Enterprise looks at controversial social science research methods and their effects on subjects and researchers. In detailing case studies in which plagiarism was alleged, subjects were mislead or seriously abused, and research denigrated certain demographics, Donald O. Granberg and John F. Galliher demonstrate how social scientists have strayed from the ethical standards of scientific research.show more

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  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 12.7mm | 204.12g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739127977
  • 9780739127971

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A Most Human Enterprise is an exceptional academic work that combines historical data and personal narrative in creative and meaningful ways. -- Larry W. Koch, University of Michigan in Flint Granberg & Galliher have written an ethics casebook with detail and verve. They have chosen the famous as well as the more typical examples of ethical dilemmas in the social sciences, and highlighted the critical issues. Because ethical dilemmas have no easy answers, the authors take care to report both sides of the issues. It has the most complete and fair account of the Karen Ruggiero case I have read. This book is a quick read, with compelling tales of misconduct, misadventure, and missed opportunities. It provides an ideal starting point for investigation and discussion of the conduct of research in the social sciences... -- Chris Crandall, The University of Kansas Granberg & Galliher have written an ethics casebook with detail and verve. They have chosen the famous as well as the more typical examples of ethical dilemmas in the social sciences, and highlighted the critical issues. Because ethical dilemmas have no easy answers, the authors take care to report both sides of the issues. It has the most complete and fair account of the Karen Ruggiero case I have read. This book is a quick read, with compelling tales of misconduct, misadventure, and missed opportunities. It provides an ideal starting point for investigation and discussion of the conduct of research in the social sciences. -- Chris Crandall, The University of Kansas Two senior academic sociologists (both, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia) review the most interesting and influential cases of professional ethical failures and controversial research practices from the 1930s to the present. The stories are fascinating and related in an easy conversational style with a wealth of background information and a minimum of interpretation. Even when writing about classic cases, such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study or the Milgram obedience studies, the authors add contextual details that will be unfamiliar to most readers and can greatly enhance one's teaching of the subject...Summing Up: Recommended CHOICEshow more

About Donald O. Granberg

Donald O. Granberg is professor emeritus of sociology at University of Missouri-Columbia John F. Galliher is professor of sociology and director of peace studies at University of Missouri-Columbia.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Granberg and Galliher Find their Way into Ethical Issues Chapter 2. Stanley Milgram's Behavioral Study of Obedience Chapter 3. Philip Zimbardo's Prison Simulation Study Chapter 4. David Rosenhan's Pseudo-patient Study of Psychiatric Hospitals Chapter 5. The Short, Tumultuous Career of Project Camelot Chapter 6. Laud Humphreys and Tearoom Trade: A Pioneering Study of Male Homosexuality Chapter 7. The Strange Career of Cyril Burt Chapter 8. Cyril Burt and Margaret Mead: The Conflict Between Biological Determinants and Cultural Determinants Chapter 9. Once a Rising Star: The Rise and Fall of Karen Ruggiero Chapter 10. Plagiarism by Thin Editing Chapter 11. Plagiarism and "Punishment" Texas A&M Style: Victim Blaming and Golden Parachutes Chapter 12. Controversy over Five Dimensions of Religiosity Chapter 13. The Clark-Hatfield Study of Gender Differences in Receptivity to Sexual Offers Chapter 14. Allegations of Homosexual Arousal Chapter 15. An Interference with Breathing Study Chapter 16. Simulated Crash Landing Chapter 17. Henry Murray Directs Verbal Attacks on Harvard University Undergraduates Chapter 18. Putney and Cadwaller's Simulation of the Beginning of A Nuclear War Chapter 19. Recent Adventures in Crime Fighting Chapter 20. Conclusionsshow more