Ethics in the field: Contemporary challenges

Jeremy MacClancy, Agustín Fuentes

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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 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherBerghahn Books
Number of pages213
ISBN (Electronic)9780857459633
ISBN (Print)9780857459626
StatePublished - Jul 15 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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