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The Ethics of Anthropology: Debates and Dilemmas

Caplan, Pat, ed. 2003. The Ethics of Anthropology: Debates and Dilemmas. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415296434 [Edited Book]

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From the inception of their discipline, anthropologists have studied virtually every conceivable aspect of other peoples' morality - religion, social control, sin, virtue, evil, duty, purity and pollution. But what of the examination of anthropology itself, and of its agendas, epistemes, theories and practices? In 1991, Raymond Firth spoke of social anthropology as an essentially moral discipline. Is such a view outmoded in a postmodern era? Do anthropological ethics have to be rethought each generation as the conditions of the discipline change, and as choices collide with moral alternatives?

The Ethics of Anthropology looks at some of these crucial issues as they reflect on researcher relations, privacy, authority, secrecy, and ownership of knowledge. The book combines theoretical papers and case studies from eminent scholars including Lisette Josephides, Steven Nugent, Marilyn Silverman, Andrew Spiegel and Veronica Strang. Showing how the topic of ethics goes to the heart of anthropology, it raises the controversial question of why - and for whom - the anthropological discipline functions.

Item Type:

Edited Book

Keywords:

The Ethics of Anthropology: Debates and Dilemmas

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Anthropology

Date:

2003

Item ID:

11709

Date Deposited:

15 Jun 2015 11:14

Last Modified:

16 Jun 2017 10:59

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/11709

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