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Ethical Conundrums in Rural South Africa: Lost in Translation
Qualitative Inquiry (2016)
  • Eric D Teman, J.D., Ph.D.
  • Veronica M Richard, Ph.D.
Abstract
We engage in story-retelling by recounting, reconstructing, and reflecting on our experiences as evaluators in a cross-cultural setting, a South African village. A principal focus on the serendipitous ethical and methodological issues that arose is highlighted. As most ethical dilemmas go, solutions are not clear. Therefore, the authors spend time critically considering the soundness of the decisions that were made, from the lack of diversity of the research team, to the ways we interacted with local citizens, to research design issues. We share our thoughts through a confessional tale via research poetry.
Keywords
  • ethics,
  • informed consent,
  • confessional tale,
  • remote South Africa,
  • responsive evaluation
Publication Date
Summer July 15, 2016
DOI
10.1177/1077800416659082
Citation Information
Eric D Teman and Veronica M Richard. "Ethical Conundrums in Rural South Africa: Lost in Translation" Qualitative Inquiry Vol. 23 Iss. 12 (2016) p. 309 - 312 ISSN: 1077-8004
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ericteman/11/