Protecting vulnerable research participants: A Foucault-inspired analysis of ethics committees

Nursing Ethics 18 (5):640-650 (2011)
Abstract
History has demonstrated the necessity of protecting research participants. Research ethics are based on a concept of asymmetry of power, viewing the researcher as powerful and potentially dangerous and establishing ethics committees as external agencies in the field of research. We argue in favour of expanding this perspective on relationships of power to encompass the ethics committees as one among several actors that exert power and that act in a relational interplay with researchers and participants. We employ Michel Foucault’s ideas of power as an omnipresent force which is dynamic and unstable, as well as the notion that knowledge and power are inextricably intertwined. The article discusses how research ethics committees may affect academic freedom. In addition it is pointed out that research participants could be harmed — not only by unfortunate research practices, but also by being subjected to the protective efforts of ethics monitoring bodies
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1177/0969733011403807
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 28,182
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Catholic Social Teaching as a Framework for Research Ethics.Alan J. Kearns - 2014 - Journal of Academic Ethics 12 (2):145-159.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Clinical Research Consultation: A Casebook.Marion Danis (ed.) - 2012 - Oxford University Press.
Protecting Human Dignity in Research Involving Humans.Thomas De Koninck - 2009 - Journal of Academic Ethics 7 (1-2):17-25.
What Journalists and Researchers Have in Common About Ethics.David Kennamer - 2005 - Journal of Mass Media Ethics 20 (1):77 – 89.
The Protection of Patients' Rights in Clinical Trials.Marek Czarkowski - 2006 - Science and Engineering Ethics 12 (1):131-138.
The Ethics Committee as Ghost Author.David Shaw - 2011 - Journal of Medical Ethics 37 (12):706-706.

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2011-09-07

Total downloads

16 ( #299,413 of 2,172,025 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #325,967 of 2,172,025 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums