SOC 490 - Week 4 - DQ 2 - Ethical Research in the Social Sciences.doc
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SOC 490 Week 4 DQ 2 Ethical Research in the Social Sciences Find the most interesting, bizarre, or blatant example of a violation of good ethical conduct in research in the social sciences. Explain the experiment. What theories, ideas, behaviors, or phenomena were being analyzed? What were the attributes of the population that the researchers chose to use for their experiments? What did they do to the population over the course of the experiments? After you have explained the experiment and its procedure, then provide an argument that displays why this research methodology was unethical. Remember to support your arguments with factual evidence and logical reasoning. Note: Do not overlap cases with other students. Each case presented should be unique. You cannot receive full credit for a post that overlaps with another student if that student posted before you. If someone posts your desired example before you do, please find another case. Response: The Eastern State Penitentiary is reflective of one of the most bizarre, interesting, and violation of good ethical conduct in research in the social sciences. The penitentiary was based on reform rather than punishment. The Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons, which is the current Pennsylvania Prison Society, was led by Philadelphia’s Anglican bishop, William White. Those in favor of the system strongly believed criminals exposed to total silence and thought about their behavior and crimes would become penitent and remorseful of their crimes. The prisoners were unable to see or hear other prisoners, lived in solitary confinement, and were not able to have visits from family or friends. Yards were provided outside the cell to exercise but on a strict schedule so no two prisoners would be out at the same time (Eastern State, 2012). Behind the walls, terror and torture procedures were carried out. Guards and councilors designed physical and psychological torture techniques for prisoners violating procedures. Some of these torture techniques involved pouring freezing water on prisoners during the winter, chaining prisoners tongues to their wrists, restraining prisoners in chairs for days, and putting the worst behaved in The Hole: an underground pit with no light, little food, and no human contact. The prison closed in 1969 after a dozen inmates escaped through underground tunnels. Today, the site is historical (http://www.easternstate.org/). If you like stuff like this, if ever in Philadelphia do take the tour. “Terror behind the Walls” is an event planned around Halloween; I have never been interested because the tour itself provides enough creepiness and is fascinating to me. I have yet to tour the entire grounds. What amazes me is a society wanting to reform people and then isolating them from the rest of world with only a Bible in hopes of reform. Reference: Eastern State Penitentiary (2012). Lesson Plans. Retrieved from: http://www.easternstate.org/lesson-plans
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