Think Globally, Act Locally: Collective Consent and the Ethics of Knowledge Production
International Social Science Journal, Vol. 60, No. 195, Pg. 125-133, 2010.
Ethical review is an integral part of the process of
developing research and considering issues associated with the
production of knowledge. It is part of a system that primarily
legitimises western traditions of inquiry and reinforces western
assumptions about knowledge and its benefit to society. Around the
world the process of colonisation has excluded indigenous
understandings. In New Zealand, Māori (indigenous) knowledge has been
similarly marginalised; this pattern is also reflected within ethical
review. Māori values, while acknowledged, are not yet considered to
have equal weight in ethical deliberations. The notion of collective
rights and the possibility of developing processes to allow collective
consent to be recognised and mandated by ethics committees have been
raised by communities but largely ignored by the ethical review system.
While kaupapa Māori researchers espouse the benefits of closer
community involvement, policy makers and ethics committees have focused
on "consultation" as the mechanism which confirms proof of engagement,
the establishment of community support, and the relevance of the
project. This article highlights the potential of the concept of
collective consent in negotiations between researchers and communities.
Read the article.
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