TITLE

The Ethnographer and the IRB: Comment on Kevin D. Haggerty, �Ethics Creep: Governing Social Science Research in the Name of Ethics�

AUTHOR(S)
Bosk, Charles
PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
Qualitative Sociology;Winter2004, Vol. 27 Issue 4, p417
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This section comments on the article, Ethics Creep: Governing Social Science Research in the Name of Ethics, by Kevin D. Haggerty, which appeared in the Winter 2004 issue of Qualitative Sociology. According to the author, meeting the requirements to pass Institutional Review Board (IRB) muster seems to him a simple matter, even if an unwelcome chore, a matter of knowing what the regulations require and then providing exactly that. He does not see the requirement of prospective review as a threat to some overblown interpretation of his own or of his colleagues' first amendment right to association or speech. He does not see the requirement of prospective review as the greatest threat to social science. Prospective review strikes him as generally one more inane bureaucratic requirement in one more bureaucratic set of procedures, ill-suited to accomplish the goals that it is intended to serve. Prospective review, flawed a process as it is, does not strike him as one social scientists should resist. The author states that the article on ethics creep appears to him to be not so much an example of the danger of mission creep in the research review process. Rather, it seems to be an example of what happens when social scientists do not take an active role in shaping the way regulations are interpreted and applied.
ACCESSION #
15603587

 

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