“In taking up the topic of ethics and narrative inquiry, The Narrative Study of Lives rightfully establishes itself as the site where the most critical theoretical, methodological, and interpretive work on narrative in the human disciplines is now occurring. The editor and the contributors to this volume are to be thanked for their deeply probing, forward-looking analyses of the ethical problems that arise when researchers produce narratives about persons with whom close personal relationships have been formed.” --Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign “All of us who work with life-history narratives are grateful to Dr. Josselson and her colleagues for moving us step-by-step toward a discipline with definable ethics and methodology, and at the same time holding up for us the incredible diversity of ...
Chapter 17: Making Whole: Method and Ethics in Mainstream and Narrative Psychology
Making Whole: Method and Ethics in Mainstream and Narrative Psychology
Ethical questions in contemporary psychological research usually deal with matters of deception, confidentiality, or direct harm to the individuals serving as subjects—in short, with safety broadly defined. Methodological questions usually deal with matters of procedure or statistical inference—in short, with the conclusiveness of research broadly defined. In this chapter, I show some grave limitations in the concepts underlying the traditional ethical code and discuss the methodological characteristics of the newer narrative approach to life histories, arguing for its distinctive and valuable ethical contribution.
Ethics as Damage Control
“Since you are psychoanalytically oriented, aren't you concerned,” he asked, “that in extracting a subject's life story during a series ...