Ethics and the Profession of Anthropology: Dialogue for Ethically Conscious Practice (2nd Edition)

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Ethics and the Profession of Anthropology: Dialogue for Ethically Conscious Practice (2nd Edition)


Fluehr-Lobban, Carolyn

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AltaMira Press

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Walnut Creek, CA

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Edited Volume


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This revised second edition of Ethics and the Profession of Anthropology renews the challenge to anthropologists to engage in a dialogue concerning their commitment to professional ethical conduct. Containing a majority of new chapters, the authors redefine what it means to conduct anthropological research ethically in a discipline that is now less isolated from allied fields in the physical and behavioral sciences and coming to terms with the global changes that affect its practice. Fluehr-Lobban provides an overview of issues from the past 110 years, drawing attention to the need for maintaining the ethical core of the discipline and a code of professional responsibility. The contributors describe a series of crises in the discipline involving clandestine research and other questionable actions by anthropologists, including secret research and intelligence work by academics; the ethical problems of medical work among native people; the evolution of cyber-ethics; and the changing relationships between indigenous people, archaeologists and museums as a result of the 1990 NAGPRA repatriation legislation. The book offers an excellent model for integrating ethics education at all levels of instruction and for empowering and engaging communities. It will be a valuable tool for anthropological researchers, instructors and fieldworkers as they transform their professional practice.


Introduction / Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban
Ethics and Professionalism 1890-2000: A Review of Crises, Issues, and Principles within Anthropology / Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban
Anthropology Sub-Rosa, The CIA, the AAA and the Ethical Problems Inherent in Secret Research / David Price
Ethics versus "Realism" in Anthropology: Redux / Gerald D. Berreman
Darkness in El Dorado: Research Ethics Then and Now / Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban
Nagged by NAGPRA: Is there an Archaeological Ethic? / E. Pierre Morenon
Repatriation of Indigenous Hawaiian Cultural Property by the City of Providence: A Case Study in Politics and Applied Law / Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban et al.
Informed Consent in Anthropology: We are not Exempt / Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban
An Ethics for an Anthropology in and of Cyberspace / David Hakken
Teaching Anthropological Ethics at the University of South Carolina: An Example of Critical Ethical Dialogues across Communities / Ann Kingsolver et al.
The Dialogue Continues: Ethics and Anthropology in the Twenty-first Century: Toward a New Professional Ethics / Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban
Appendix A: American Anthropological Association Code of Ethics, 1998
Appendix B: Archaeological Institute of America, Code of Ethics, amended 1997
Appendix C: Society for Applied Anthropology, 1983
Appendix D: Society for American Archaeology, Principles of Archaeological Ethics, 1996

Additional tags: anthropological ethics; research ethics


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