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conducting field work in order to- ii, 

protect yourself, the 
participants, your fieldwork and 
the effect your fieldwork has on 
the community you studied. 

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Let’s Start at the Beginning Ħ 

Ethical guidance: taken from professional associations and 
institutions board of ethics. Ñ 

When starting your fieldwork you must first take a look at the 
ethical guidance provided to you either by your institution (in 

our case Leiden University) or a board of ethics. By first 

aan Next let’s take a look at the different stances on 

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Universalism: Ethical standards are universal, there should 
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Consequential: Ethical decision-making should be based on 
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Deontological: Actions are ethical when they are morally 

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Cause no harm to participants ethics. 

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How do these principles translate into feasible 

- Getting consent forms—from your-participants 
- Ensuring they are aware that they can end 
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research they are getting into 

- Keep your participants out of harm's way, 
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An important part of informed consent is fully 
explaining your research-to-the- research 
participants. Tailese is nort always easy since 
explaining certain parts of your research could 
affect how the participant behaves and 
contaminate results. Nevertheless ou should 
always inform participants to your best 

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One thing to remember is to always reflect on 
your options as a researcher, and to make sure 
you take the participants’ well-being into 
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