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Do You consent to Participate In the Research Study?

Paul Verdu


Through Central African field-work examples, I have aimed to illustrate how research projects in cultural and biological anthropology and all their implications (at least from the standpoint of western ethics committees) can be efficiently and comprehensively conveyed to non-western audiences. However, these experiences also emphasize that any given individual’s decision to participate or not at any given time is influenced by multiple, shifting, often unknowable and therefore unpredictable factors, which no pre-fabricated protocol can ever account for fully. As researchers, we must become comfortable, but not complacent with regard to this fact. Informed consent procedures are imperfect guidelines, bound to evolve as researchers do their best to adapt them to one unique situation after another, a.k.a. the daily life of an anthropologist in the field
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Paul Verdu. Do You consent to Participate In the Research Study?. Bonnie L Hewlett. The secret lives of Anthropologists: Lessons from the field, Routledge, pp.279-298, 2019, 9781138501867. ⟨hal-04342591⟩
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