Research Ethics Committees and Participatory Action Research With Young People: The Politics of Voice

TitleResearch Ethics Committees and Participatory Action Research With Young People: The Politics of Voice
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsYanar, ZM, Fazli, M, Rahman, J, Farthing, R
JournalJ Empir Res Hum Res Ethics
Volume11
Issue2
Pagination122-8
Date PublishedApr
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1556-2646
Keywordsparticipatory , research , youth
AbstractParticipatory action research (PAR) is a methodological approach that seeks to maximize the participation of people whose lives it researches. It is underpinned by an ethical concern to research "with" people, rather than "on" people. However, this ethical approach to research is often, paradoxically, problematized by universities' research ethics committees (RECs). This article explores one site of tension between PAR and RECs-the requirement for anonymity for below 18-year-olds. It explores this tension by exploring a case study of a peer-to-peer research project undertaken by young women in East London, and using our own experiences and perspectives, it argues that anonymity can be unjust, disempowering, and unnecessary, and can reduce "pride." Without wanting to develop specific recommendations, given the limited scope of our case study, this article uses firsthand experiences to add weight to the broader discussions calling for a critical rethink of REC guidelines.
Notes1556-2654Yanar, Zeynep M Fazli, Mehria Rahman, Jahanara Farthing, Rys Journal Article United States J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2016 Apr;11(2):122-8. doi: 10.1177/1556264616650114. Epub 2016 May 30.
DOI10.1177/1556264616650114
Short TitleJournal of empirical research on human research ethics : JERHRE

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