The Neoliberal Institutional Review Board: Or, Why Fixing the Rules won’t Help Activist Feminist Ethnographers

Institutional Review Boards have evolved into bodies working harder to indemnify institutions than to protect research participants.  The implications for activist feminist ethnographers are often frustrating because our work is often deeply engaged.  Counterintuitively, the neoliberal setting of private industry may offer us more freedom than the academy, supporting our research agendas in unexpected ways.

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