Archive: February, 2011



New Book Review: Schrag’s Ethical Imperialism (2010)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

I’ve just received the advanced access link for my book review of Zachary M. Schrag’s Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009, soon to be published with The Oral History Review.

Overall, this was one of the more enjoyable book reviews I’ve had to write. Schrag writes clearly, and has an immense knowledge of the history of institutional review boards (IRBs) based on archival research and interviews with key decision makers in the US government and US universities and research institutions. His goal is to map how federal regulation of the social sciences came about, and how IRBs have evolved from a reasonable response to a perceived threat to the public from biomedical research to become a threat to academic freedom in the social sciences. (more…)

 

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