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.
|Title of host publication||Research Ethics in Criminology and Criminal Justice: Dilemmas, problems and issues|
|Editors||Malcolm Cowburn, Loraine Gelsthorpe, Azrini Wahidin|
|Number of pages||0|
|ISBN (Print)||9781138803701, 9781138803695|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Dec 2016|