An insider’s moments of Confucian ethical conflict: reflexivity as the “Middle Way” response

Lee, Myra C. Y. (2014) An insider’s moments of Confucian ethical conflict: reflexivity as the “Middle Way” response. Journal of Academic Ethics, 12 4: 299-316. doi:10.1007/s10805-014-9217-z

Author Lee, Myra C. Y.
Title An insider’s moments of Confucian ethical conflict: reflexivity as the “Middle Way” response
Journal name Journal of Academic Ethics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1572-8544
Publication date 2014-12-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10805-014-9217-z
Volume 12
Issue 4
Start page 299
End page 316
Total pages 18
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Language eng
Abstract Cultural ethical dilemmas occur when ethical research practices, as prescribed by the research ethics codes of Western research institutions, conflict with the cultural and social norms of non-Western researchers and their participants. Thus, insider-researchers working with participants from similar cultural backgrounds may experience ethical dilemmas that result in disconcerting cultural estrangement from their communities. Using reflexive narratives, the author identifies moments of cultural ethical dilemmas that necessitate a choice between two competing sets of values. Working out of a Western university, the narratives reflect on cultural ethical dilemmas relating to non-coercion, confidentiality, and beneficence, encountered during interviews in the researcher’s community. Analyzed through the lens of Confucian social and ethical behavior, the paper asks whether there is a need for East–west polarization, or whether research ethics codes based on Western worldviews can be reconciled with Confucian worldviews. The paper suggests the “Middle Way” approach to reconciling and integrating the diverse worldviews of ethics, through the use of an ethical reflexive process that engenders trust in the research process and resolves cultural ethical dilemmas.
Keyword Confucian Heritage Cultures
Ethical dilemmas
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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