[URBANTH-L]Re: IRB vows and woes

Kimberly A. Clum kimclum at umich.edu
Sat Mar 31 13:52:52 EDT 2007


For my dissertation research as a graduate student here at the University 
of Michigan I had to get full IRB approval for my participant observation. 
I conducted much of my research at a health care facility among the staff 
working there (later moving into more community based settings).  The IRB 
here required me to ensure that I had both a written and a verbal "script" 
to give to staff members at the facility.

What will constitute your fieldsite?


University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

On Sat, 31 Mar 2007, urbanth-l-request at lists.ysu.edu wrote:

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 
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 
let the IRB stiffle their research.

Annegret Staiger
Clarkson University

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