Doing the Right Thing: Some Notes on the Control of Research in British Criminology

Simon Winlow, Fiona Measham

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In this chapter we discuss some of the problems associated with developing forms of ethical oversight in the field of criminology and criminal justice. We argue that the core concerns of institutional ethics committees are inextricably bound up with the logic of the market. The ongoing marketization of the university is, quite clearly, affecting the production of knowledge, and institutional ethics committees now possess an unstated and unacknowledged desire to defend the institution from litigation and reputational damage. This desire now exhorts a subtle but powerful influence upon the deliberations of institutional ethics committees. Using our own research backgrounds and engagement with institutional ethics committees as a foundation for our critique, we argue that ethnography, and in situ social research more generally, must be protected from those forces that would seek to formalise, sanitise and control it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Ethics in Criminology and Criminal Justice: Dilemmas, problems and issues
EditorsMalcolm Cowburn, Loraine Gelsthorpe, Azrini Wahidin
Number of pages0
ISBN (Electronic)9781315753553
ISBN (Print)9781138803701, 9781138803695
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2016

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