Rhetorically Navigating Rwandan Research Review: A Fantasy Theme Analysis

Rebecca Walton, Ryan Price, Maggie Zraly


Researcher-generated documents play an important role in navigating Rwanda’s in-country human subjects review. The review process is situated in a cross-cultural context characterized by complex ethical and rhetorical considerations. This article presents a fantasy theme analysis of a research protocol that successfully navigated the review, being quickly and readily approved by a Rwandan regulatory committee. The analysis identifies effective rhetorical strategies with implications for scholars who craft persuasive documents in ethically complex cross-cultural environments. We argue that fantasy theme analysis can equip scholars working in these environments with a powerful approach for crafting texts that communicate respect for both local culture and universal principles of human rights.


fantasy theme analysis; Rwanda; research ethics; human rights; text analysis; rhetoric

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