Austin Publishes on Fieldwork and the IRB in Anthropology Journal

Posted on 10/6/2017 10:28:57 AM

Timothy Austin recently published the article “Stalking Horses: Fieldwork and the IRB” in the journal Practicing Anthropology.


Based on multiple field ventures, this paper considers the likelihood that most ethnography, including my own, uses various secretive tactics to capture data, sometimes even unintentionally. A typology emerges reflecting how data can be stalked with some approaches being more secretive and calculated than others. The delicate issue of “informed consent” and working with Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) in general is considered in the same light of stalking horse strategies. Are we obliged out of necessity to approach the IRB by using similar scenarios of stealth that we predictably employ when striving for deep immersion into the field?

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