Comparing Kelty And The Inadequacies Of IRB Review

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Institutional review boards are responsible for reviewing and approving research that deals with human subjects. Both articles discussed the inadequacies of IRB reviews when it concerns ethnographic research. According to both authors, IRB’s are not sufficiently knowledgeable in anthropology and as result they are not aware of the methods and dilemmas that arise in participant observation. Kelty states that IRB’s are concerned with privacy, which is a western concern that has been established as a global norm. While both authors are critical of IRB’s, I believe that IRB’s have the best intentions, but may be misguided because of the lack of anthropological knowledge. In order to improve IRB reviews, the board must be knowledgeable in research
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