[URBANTH-L]IRB vows and woes
staiger at clarkson.edu
Fri Mar 30 12:02:47 EDT 2007
I am running into problems with our Institutional Review Board for getting
my research proposal approved. My institution, which has no social science
faculty on its board and is mostly reviewing pscychology, medical and
technology research proposals, regards participant observation as a research
method that requires a consentforms and a full IRB proposal. This is of
course extremely impractical, if not impossible to do when doing field
research in a natural setting. From colleagues I am hearing that their
IRB's are usually providing an exemption for anthropological research,
unless it deals with vulnerable populations.
Using this forum, I would like to find out how other anthropologists have
dealt with their institution's reviewboards and how they have managed to not
let the IRB stiffle their research.
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