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Ethical Imperialism free pdf University researchers in the United States seeking to observe, survey, or interview people are required first to complete ethical training courses and submit their proposals to an institutional review board (IRB) that has the power to demand modifications under the threat of the denial of funding, degrees, or promotion. This volume explains how this system of regulation arose and discusses its chilling effects on research in the social sciences and humanities. Zachary M. Schrag draws on original research and interviews with the key shapers of the institutional review board regime to raise important points about the effect of the IRB process on scholarship. He explores the origins and the application of these regulations and analyzes the limitations the rules - initially crafted to protect the health and privacy of the subjects of medical experiments - place on such seemingly nonthreatening instances as a humanist interviewing a poet about his or her writing. In assessing the issue, Schrag argues that biomedical researchers and bioethicists repeatedly excluded social scientists from rule making and ignored the existing ethical traditions in nonmedical fields. Ultimately, he contends, IRBs not only threaten to polarize medical and social scientists, they also create an atmosphere wherein certain types of academics can impede and even silence others. The first work to document the troubled emergence of today's system of regulating scholarly research, "Ethical Imperialism" illuminates the problems caused by simple, universal rule making in academic and professional research. This short, smart analysis will engage scholars across academia.

About Zachary M. Schrag

Zachary M. Schrag, an associate professor of history at George Mason University, is the author of The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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Author : Zachary M. Schrag
Publisher : Johns Hopkins University Press
Data Published : 01 October 2010
ISBN : 0801894905
EAN : 9780801894909
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 264 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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