Punch (1994) suggests that ethical concerns can be summarised under four headings: harm; consent; deception; privacy and confidentiality of data.
- Explain what each of these means in the context of studying crime and deviance.
- Consider each of the following studies, all referred to in this section, and discuss which, if any, of the four ethical concerns might apply in each case:
a) Hobbs’ chats in the pub with members of the police force.
b) Humphreys acting as a ‘watchqueen’.
c) Patrick leaving suddenly and then writing his book about the gang.
d) Punch behaving like a policeman.
e) Holdaway observing as a member of the police force.