‘“Clubbed to death”: anthropology, the Yanomami, Science and Ethics’

Nugent, Stephen. 2003. ‘“Clubbed to death”: anthropology, the Yanomami, Science and Ethics’. In: Pat Caplan, ed. The Ethics of Anthropology: Debates and Dilemmas. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415296427 [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

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Anthropology
Anthropology > Centre for Visual Anthropology (CVA)

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2003Published

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11805

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23 Jun 2015 10:08

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16 Jun 2017 12:40

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/11805

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