Negotiating Participatory Ethics in the Midst of Institutional Ethics

  • Sarah Elwood Department of Geography, University of Washington
Keywords: participatory ethics, institutional ethical frameworks, ethical dilemmas


This paper proposes participatory ethics as a framework from which we might begin to proactively engage some of the contradictions and gaps inherent in institutional ethical frameworks. A growing number of researchers negotiate ethical dilemmas encountered in research or expectations for what constitutes ethical research practice in collaborative dialogue with research participants. I show how participatory ethics are premised on very different assumptions, practices and subjectivities than those of institutional ethics, but create a forum for dialogue and reflective practice that is essential for engaging some of the shortcomings of institutional ethics.
How to Cite
Elwood, S. (1). Negotiating Participatory Ethics in the Midst of Institutional Ethics. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 6(3), 329-338. Retrieved from
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