The Ethics of Anthropology
Debates and Dilemmas
Edited by Pat Caplan
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Ethics of Anthropology by Pat Caplan
Book DescriptionSince 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 DetailsISBN: 9780415296434
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 19-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Pat Caplan
Food, Health and Identity, Hardback (August 1997)
By addressing the issue of food and eating in Britain today, this book considers the way in which our food habits are changing, and shows how social and personal identities and perceptions of health and risk influence choices.
Understanding Disputes, Paperback (April 1995)
Specialists from the field of the anthropology of law and disputing behaviour examine how people in a variety of social settings, ranging from Ireland to East Africa, deal with quarrels and seek to resolve or accommodate them.
Feasts, Fasts, Famine, Paperback (January 1994)
Deals with three domains of food which raise complex epistemological, political and moral issues. Through an examination of a wide range of material drawn from anthropology, history, literature and political economy, the author discusses the relationship between food and entitlement, gender, notions of the body and development.
Gendered Fields, Paperback (March 1993)» View all books by Pat Caplan
Examines and explores the progress of feminist anthropology, the gendered nature of fieldwork itself, and the articulation of gender with other aspects of the persona of the ethnographer.
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Author Biography - Pat Caplan
Pat Caplan is a former Professor of Anthropology at Goldsmiths College in London, and former Chair of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the Commonwealth. Her books with Routledge include African Voices, African Lives (1997), The Cultural Construction of Sexuality (1987), Food, Health and Identity (1997) and Gendered Fields (1993).
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