Ethics in the Field: Contemporary Challenges

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In recent years ever-increasing concerns about ethical dimensions of fieldwork practice have forced anthropologists and other social scientists to radically reconsider the nature, process, and outcomes of fieldwork: what should we be doing, how, for whom, and to what end? In this volume, practitioners from across anthropological disciplines—social and biological anthropology and primatology—come together to question and compare the ethical regulation of fieldwork, what is common to their practices, and what is ...

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Overview

In recent years ever-increasing concerns about ethical dimensions of fieldwork practice have forced anthropologists and other social scientists to radically reconsider the nature, process, and outcomes of fieldwork: what should we be doing, how, for whom, and to what end? In this volume, practitioners from across anthropological disciplines—social and biological anthropology and primatology—come together to question and compare the ethical regulation of fieldwork, what is common to their practices, and what is distinctive to each discipline. Contributors probe a rich variety of contemporary questions: the new, unique problems raised by fieldworking online and via email; the potential dangers of primatological fieldwork for locals, primates, the environment, and the fieldworkers themselves; the problems of studying the military; and the place of ethical clearance for anthropologists involved in international health programs. A further, distinctive aim of this book is to help the development of a transdisciplinary anthropology at the methodological, not theoretical, level.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857459626
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy MacClancy is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Anthropological Centre for Conservation, the Environment, and Development at Oxford Brookes University. His publications include Expressing Identities in the Basque Arena (James Currey, 2007); Centralizing Fieldwork: Critical Perspectives from Primatology, Biological and Social Anthropology (co-edited, Berghahn Books, 2011); and Anthropology in the Public Arena: Historical Contexts (Wiley 2013).

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