Ethics and Anthropology

Author: Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban
Publisher: AltaMira Press
ISBN: 9780759121881
Release Date: 2013-10-03
Genre: Social Science

Ethics and Anthropology: Ideas and Practice is the first comprehensive and up-to-date book embracing issues and dilemmas faced by anthropologists in the discipline’s four fields.

The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Anthropology

Author: Simon Coleman
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781317590675
Release Date: 2016-11-25
Genre: Social Science

The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Anthropology is an invaluable guide and major reference source for students and scholars alike, introducing its readers to key contemporary perspectives and approaches within the field. Written by an experienced international team of contributors, with an interdisciplinary range of essays, this collection provides a powerful overview of the transformations currently affecting anthropology. The volume both addresses the concerns of the discipline and comments on its construction through texts, classroom interactions, engagements with various publics, and changing relations with other academic subjects. Persuasively demonstrating that a number of key contemporary issues can be usefully analyzed through an anthropological lens, the contributors cover important topics such as globalization, law and politics, collaborative archaeology, economics, religion, citizenship and community, health, and the environment. The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Anthropology is a fascinating examination of this lively and constantly evolving discipline.

Anthropology as Ethics

Author: T. M. S. Evens
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1845456297
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Philosophy

Anthropology as Ethics is concerned with rethinking anthropology by rethinking the nature of reality. It develops the ontological implications of a defining thesis of the Manchester School: that all social orders exhibit basically conflicting underlying principles. Drawing especially on Continental social thought, including Wittgenstein, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Dumont, Bourdieu and others, and on pre-modern sources such as the Hebrew bible, the Nuer, the Dinka, and the Azande, the book mounts a radical study of the ontology of self and other in relation to dualism and nondualism. It demonstrates how the self-other dichotomy disguises fundamental ambiguity or nondualism, thus obscuring the essentially ethical, dilemmatic, and sacrificial nature of all social life. It also proposes a reason other than dualist, nihilist, and instrumental, one in which logic is seen as both inimical to and continuous with value. Without embracing absolutism, the book makes ambiguity and paradox the foundation of an ethical response to the pervasive anti-foundationalism of much postmodern thought.

Anthropological Ethics in Context

Author: Dena Plemmons
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781315434841
Release Date: 2017-07-05
Genre:

This volume examines general ethical principles and controversies in the social sciences by looking specifically at the recent three-year revision process to the American Anthropological Association's code of ethics. The book's contributors were members of the task force that undertook that revision and thus have first-hand knowledge of the debates, compromises, and areas of consensus involved in shaping any organization's ethical vision. The book-reflects the broad diversity of opinion, approach, and practice within anthropology and the social sciences;-develops ethical principles that reflect core values rather than the latest ethical controversies;-crafts clear, broad statements, increasing the likelihood that the ethical code will be a meaningful part of the daily discourse of practicing anthropologists;-develops the ethical code as a living document, or a process of experience and debate, subject to future revision and amplification;-provides explanation through internet links and other resources, ensuring that the finished product be relevant and vibrant.

Anthropologists in the SecurityScape

Author: Robert Albro
Publisher: Left Coast Press
ISBN: 9781611320145
Release Date: 2011-11-01
Genre: Political Science

As a heated debate about social scientists working in national security environments divides the disciplines, this book by leading anthropologists fills a significant gap in the literature by providing the fine-grained, candid accounts of this changing work environment and provocative dialogues about the way practitioners negotiate ethics and professional identity.

Applied Anthropology

Author: John Van Willigen
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 0897898338
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Business & Economics

Focuses on the use of the methods and theories of anthropology to solve the practical problems of human communities. It addresses a wide range of problem-solving practices in both development action and applied research. The core of the book is chapters focused on specific practices such as evaluation and action research. In addition, there are chapters on history, employment strategies, and ethics.

The Idea of Humanity

Author: David G. Sussman
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 0815339844
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Philosophy

Examining the significance of Kant's account of "rational faith," this study argues that he profoundly revises his account of the human will and the moral philosophy of it in his later religious writings.

The Anthropology of Morality in Melanesia and Beyond

Author: John Barker
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 0754671852
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Social Science

Bringing together some of the most prominent scholars working in the anthropology of morality, this volume examines how Melanesians experience and deal with moral dilemmas and challenges. While returning to some classical concerns, the book opens new territory with studies exploring the interface between values associated with indigenous village life and ethical orientations associated with Christianity, the state, the marketplace, and other facets of 'modernity'.

The Subject of Virtue

Author: James Laidlaw
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107028463
Release Date: 2013-10-24
Genre: Business & Economics

A clearly written, sophisticated summary of and prospectus for a flourishing current field of anthropological research.

Arguing with Anthropology

Author: Karen Sykes
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415254434
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Social Science

A guide to key elements in anthropology, this work teaches the ability to think, write and argue critically. Its hypothetical approach takes gift-theory - the science of obligation and reciprocity - as the theme of a virtual enquiry, which explores how the discipline has evolved, how it is applied in practice and how it can be argued.

The Empty Seashell

Author: Nils Bubandt
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801471964
Release Date: 2014-12-18
Genre: Social Science

The Empty Seashell explores what it is like to live in a world where cannibal witches are undeniably real, yet too ephemeral and contradictory to be an object of belief. In a book based on more than three years of fieldwork between 1991 and 2011, Nils Bubandt argues that cannibal witches for people in the coastal, and predominantly Christian, community of Buli in the Indonesian province of North Maluku are both corporeally real and fundamentally unknowable. Witches (known as gua in the Buli language or as suanggi in regional Malay) appear to be ordinary humans but sometimes, especially at night, they take other forms and attack people in order to kill them and eat their livers. They are seemingly everywhere and nowhere at the same time. The reality of gua, therefore, can never be pinned down. The title of the book comes from the empty nautilus shells that regularly drift ashore around Buli village. Convention has it that if you find a live nautilus, you are a gua. Like the empty shells, witchcraft always seems to recede from experience. Bubandt begins the book by recounting his own confusion and frustration in coming to terms with the contradictory and inaccessible nature of witchcraft realities in Buli. A detailed ethnography of the encompassing inaccessibility of Buli witchcraft leads him to the conclusion that much of the anthropological literature, which views witchcraft as a system of beliefs with genuine explanatory power, is off the mark. Witchcraft for the Buli people doesn't explain anything. In fact, it does the opposite: it confuses, obfuscates, and frustrates. Drawing upon Jacques Derrida’s concept of aporia—an interminable experience that remains continuously in doubt—Bubandt suggests the need to take seriously people’s experiential and epistemological doubts about witchcraft, and outlines, by extension, a novel way of thinking about witchcraft and its relation to modernity.

Introductory Readings in Anthropology

Author: Hilary Callan
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9780857454409
Release Date: 2013-03-15
Genre: Social Science

Anthropology seeks to understand the roots of our common humanity, the diversity of cultures and world-views, and the organisation of social relations and practices. As a method of inquiry it embraces an enormous range of topics, and as a discipline it covers a multitude of fields and themes, as shown in this selection of original writings. As an accessible entry point, for upper-level students and first year undergraduates new to the study of anthropology, this reader also offers guidance for teachers in exploring the subject's riches with their students. That anthropology is an immensely expansive inquiry of study is demonstrated by the diversity of its topics – from nature conservation campaigns to witchcraft beliefs, from human evolution to fashion and style, and from the repatriation of indigenous human remains to research on literacy. There is no single 'story of anthropology'. Taken together, these fundamental readings are evidence of a contemporary, vibrant subject that has much to tell us about all the worlds in which we live.