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'Introduction: The ethics of anthropology’

Caplan, Pat. 2002. 'Introduction: The ethics of anthropology’. In: Pat Caplan, ed. Anthropology and Ethics: debates and dilemmas. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 0415296439, 978-0415296434 [Book Section]

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Since 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 praxes? 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 re-thought 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.

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Book Section

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Anthropology

Dates:

DateEvent
2002Published

Item ID:

18210

Date Deposited:

11 May 2016 11:40

Last Modified:

16 Jun 2017 10:59

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/18210

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