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>Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 13:54:37 -0700
>To: Charles Kadushin <[log in to unmask]>
>From: Patricia Sachs <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: Social Network Research Partners
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>Colleagues:
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>The use of knowledge about social networks, as pointed out by
>Charles and Valdis, is a crucial issue for  both practitioners and
>academics. Those of us with consulting firms or practices often find
>that we must address how we frame our work, how we conduct
>ourselves, and how we consider the implications of what we provide
>to clients on a daily basis. I know that when I was an academic, I
>was aware of implications in a general rather than specific way. As
>a practitioner, these questions are alive, palpable, and in my face;
>handling them is a significant aspect of my firm's practice.
>
>The greatest danger that I see are those places that ask for chunks
>of research without having the researcher understand how it will be
>used. I have seen firms hire graduate student anthropologist for
>such work, and the students are thrilled to be hired to do
>ethnography (or network analysis, or whatever it is), without
>understanding that being a hired hand without understanding the
>context of the work carries dangers.
>
>This is not to say we shouldn't do this work. It does say that we
>need to pay attention, and function not only as researchers, but as
>players who influence the use and interpretation and implications of
>the work. Or, understand the context. This is not black and white,
>but many shades of grey.
>
>Year ago the American Anthropological Association developed a code
>of ethics motivated, in part, by a terrible event in which some
>mountain people's world was systematically dismantled based on an
>understanding of their social system. As a result, disguising names
>has been crucial for much research. This is not always possible,
>however, which means the onus is on us to exercise judgment and be
>clear about consequences.
>
>Patricia Sachs
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SOCIAL SOLUTIONS
Work Systems Innovation & Design
Patricia Sachs, PhD
Founder/CEO
427 Casa del Mar Drive, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

http://www.social-solutions.com
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650.712.0555
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