(De) Colonizing Research? Biopower, Whiteness, and the Stranger in Research Ethics Protocol Involving Aboriginal Peoples

By Elizabeth Manning.

Published by The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies

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Given the recent release of the Tri-Council Policy Statement 2 (TCPS 2; CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC, 2010), it is timely to review its implications as the national ethical guidelines for all academic research in Canada. The section I focus on is specifically on the chapter that guides research involving Indigenous peoples. I engage in a critical race analysis of how race is deployed in this federal policy on research ethics. Informed by Foucault (2003), Moreton-Robinson (2006), and Ahmed (2000), I begin by establishing this conceptual framework, which uses biopower, whiteness, and “the stranger.” Through exploring how these concepts may work together, I offer a conceptual framework to examine race in the TCPS2. Next, I discuss the TCPS2 chapter on Indigenous peoples in research, followed by my analysis of this section. I look to answer the question: what deployments of race are exposed when analyzing the TCPS2 using biopower, whiteness, and the stranger? To conclude, I look to expose these deployments of race through this unique analytic framework. I hope to contribute to the exist

Keywords: Tri-Council Policy Statement 2, Aboriginal Peoples, Indigenous Peoples, Research Policy, Research Ethics, Critical Race Theory, Biopower, Whiteness

The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, Volume 10, Issue 4, 2012, pp.7-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 296.379KB).

Elizabeth Manning

Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Eli Manning is a doctoral student in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. She became involved in HIV/AIDS work initially as a social worker, but quickly became an activist and, much later, an emerging academic. Having worked in an HIV community health centre for nearly a decade, she brings clinical experience to her research work in HIV, gender, sex, and sexuality.