Subjectivity, Power, and the IRB

Deborah G. Martin, Joshua F. Inwood

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Abstract

A substantial literature in social sciences, including law and society, examines the intersections of research ethics and institutional review board (IRB) frameworks. Although geographers have engaged this literature, we argue that further involvement in ethical and regulatory discussions will advance opportunities for better understanding and negotiating the complex subjectivities produced in the IRB structure. Drawing on illustrative experiences of researchers, we focus specifically on the institutions convening IRBs, the researchers, and the human "subjects" produced in the IRB process. We conclude with a call for greater open discussion of the power dynamics, subjectivities, and challenges of formal ethical research structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-15
Number of pages9
JournalProfessional Geographer
Volume64
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012

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Martin, Deborah G. ; Inwood, Joshua F. / Subjectivity, Power, and the IRB. In: Professional Geographer. 2012 ; Vol. 64, No. 1. pp. 7-15.
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