(Un-) Political Ethics, (un-) Ethical Politics

  • Wolff-Michael Roth University of Victoria
Keywords: ethics, politics, power, knowledge


Ethics and politics are normally con­sidered domains that do not mix, in fact, domains that have little to do with one another. In this article, I provide four factual fictions that show how at the university, research ethics and politics are intertwined. Politics appears to be used for the sole purpose of constructing and maintaining con­trol over the research process and its products. Ultimately, even ethics reviews of proposed research studies are caught up in the politics of power. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0403357


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Author Biography

Wolff-Michael Roth, University of Victoria
Wolff-Michael ROTH (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/impressum/roth-e.htm) is Lansdowne Professor of applied cognitive science at the University of Victoria. His interdisciplinary research agenda includes studies in science and mathematics education, general education, applied cognitive science, sociology of science, and linguistics (pragmatics). His recent publications include At the Elbows of Another: Learning to Teach by Coteaching (with K. TOBIN, Peter Lang, 2002), Science Education as/for Sociopolitical Action (ed. with J. DÉSAUTELS, Peter Lang, 2002), Being and Becoming in the Classroom (Ablex Publishing, 2002), and Toward an Anthropology of Graphing (Kluwer, 2003).
How to Cite
Roth, W.-M. (2004). (Un-) Political Ethics, (un-) Ethical Politics. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 5(3). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-5.3.573
FQS Debate: Qualitative Research and Ethics

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