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Embedding Ethics : Shifting Boundaries of the Anthropological Profession - Lynn Meskell

Embedding Ethics

Shifting Boundaries of the Anthropological Profession

By: Lynn Meskell (Editor), Peter Pels (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2005
ISBN: 9781845200466
Number Of Pages: 336

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Anthropologists who talk about ethics generally mean the code of practice drafted by a professional association for implementation by its members. As this book convincingly shows, such a conception is far too narrow. A more radical approach is to recognize that moral judgments are made at every juncture of scientific practice and they require a negotiation of responsibility with all stakeholders in the research enterprise. Embedding Ethics questions why ethics have been divorced from scientific expertise. Invoking different disciplinary practices from biological, archaeological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology, contributors show how ethics should be resituated at the heart of, rather than exterior to, scientific activity. Positioning the researcher as a negotiator of significant truths rather than an adjudicator of a priori precepts enables contributors to relocate ethics in new sets of social and scientific relationships triggered by recent globalization processes - from new forms of intellectual and cultural ownership to accountability in governance, and the very ways in which people are studied. Case studies from ethnographic research, museum display, archaeological fieldwork and professional monitoring illustrate both best practice and potential pitfalls. This important book is an essential guide for all anthropologists who wish to be active contributors to the discussion on ethics and the ethical practice of their profession.

Introduction: Embedding Ethics
Rethinking Ethics Your Body, My Property: The Problem of Colonial Genetics in a Post-Colonial World
The Promise and Perils of an Ethics
'Where There Aren't No Ten Commandments': Redefining Ethics during the Darkness in El Dorado Scandal
Anthropology's Malaysian Interlocutors: Towards a Cosmopolitan Ethics of Anthropological Practice
Relocating Ethics in Current Research Sites of Violence: Terrorism, Tourism and Heritage in the Archaeological Present
Pain, Politics, and the Epistemological Ethics of Anthropological Disciplinarit
Situational Ethics and Engaged Practice: the Case of Archaeology in Africa Martin Hall
Exemplars and Warnings A Science of the Gray: Malthus, Marx, and the Ethics of Studying Crop Biotechnology
The Moralities of Exhibiting Indians Craig Howe Documenting Ethics
Solid Histories for Fragile Nations: Archaeology as Cultural Patrimony Rosemary
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ISBN: 9781845200466
ISBN-10: 1845200462
Series: Wenner-Gren International Symposium
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st April 2005
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.15  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.69