How recruitment practices privilege whiteness
Ms Gabrielle Hanley-MottZoom
Following calls from critical race scholars that ask social science disciplines, and anthropology, to grapple with white supremacy as a foundational logic rather than an individual identity (e.g. a white supremacist) (Amer. Anthropology Dec 2019 Spec. Issue, Beliso-De Jesús and Pierre), this paper considers how ethical recruitment and IRB standards can influence and uphold white patriarchal norms as they purport to advance protection. This paper questions the “invisible” effects of white supremacy in research recruitment practices, and the implications for research. I tackle racist recruitment practices as they affected my dissertation research. I consider how funding practices, power dynamics between researchers and private companies can shape research projects. I will end with a list of recommendations and questions for early career researchers on how to pre-empt possible challenges, attend to blind spots, and improve research and recruitment design.