Broesch, Tanya, Crittenden, Alyssa, Beheim, Bret A., Blackwell, Aaron D., Bunce, John, Colleran, Heidi, Hagel, Kristin, Kline, Michelle, McElreath, Richard, Nelson, Robin, Pisor, Anne, Prall, Sean, Pretelli, Ilaria, Purzycki, Benjamin, Quinn, Elizabeth, Ross, Cody, Scelza, Brooke, Starkweather, Kathrine, Stieglitz, Jonathan and Borgerhoff Mulder, Monique (2020) Navigating cross-cultural research: methodological and ethical considerations. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 287 (n° 1935).

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The intensifying pace of research based on cross-cultural studies in the
social sciences necessitates a discussion of the unique challenges of
multi-sited research. Given an increasing demand for social scientists to
expand their data collection beyond WEIRD (Western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic) populations, there is an urgent need for
transdisciplinary conversations on the logistical, scientific and ethical
considerations inherent to this type of scholarship. As a group of social scientists engaged in cross-cultural research in psychology and anthropology, we
hope to guide prospective cross-cultural researchers through some of the complex scientific and ethical challenges involved in such work: (a) study site
selection, (b) community involvement and (c) culturally appropriate research
methods. We aim to shed light on some of the difficult ethical quandaries of
this type of research. Our recommendation emphasizes a community-centred
approach, in which the desires of the community regarding research approach
and methodology, community involvement, results communication and distribution, and data sharing are held in the highest regard by the researchers.
We argue that such considerations are central to scientific rigour and the
foundation of the study of human behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 23 September 2020
Refereed: Yes
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2020 09:30
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