Taking sides: ethics, politics and fieldwork in anthropology


Armbruster, Heidi and Laerke, Anna (eds.) (2008) Taking sides: ethics, politics and fieldwork in anthropology, New York, US, Berghahn Books, 261pp.

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Concerns with research ethics have intensified over recent years, in large part as a symptom of "audit cultures" (M. Strathern) but also as a serious matter of engagement with the ethical complexities in contemporary research fields. This volume, written by a new generation of scholars engaged with contemporary global movements for social justice and peace, reflects their efforts in trying to integrate their scholarly pursuits with their understanding of social science, politics and ethics, and what political commitment means in practice and in fieldwork. This is a book of argument and analysis, written with passion, clarity and intellectual sophistication, which touches on issues of vital significance to social scientists and activists in general.

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Additional Information: "A grippingly honest account of the dilemmas of being an engaged anthropologist in a world where taking sides has become increasingly complex. These courageous authors strip back the mask of objectivity in fieldwork and confront head-on the limits of empathy and the sometimes disturbing ethical conditions under which they obtained their knowledge. An original and powerful call for partiality despite the pitfalls. A must-read for all aspiring anthropologists." · Jenny B. White, Boston University "An ambitious and satisfying collection that conjoins anthropologists' political and ethical commitments to the worlds they study, inhabit and engage. Taking Sides shows the limits of some strands of postmodern reflexivity, moves political contexts to the fore, and illustrates how anthropology can move beyond critical analysis to praxis." · David Price, Associate Professor of anthropology and sociology at St. Martin's University, in Lacey, Washington “An outstanding collection of essays that both instruct and provoke. They exemplify the virtues of politically engaged anthropology and invite the reader to reflect critically on what it means to be a scholar in today's conflict-torn world. Illuminating for the specialist and the non-specialist alike.” Alex Callinicos, Professor of European Studies French Department King's College London Strand
ISBNs: 9781845454210 (hardback)
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Modern Languages
ePrint ID: 66071
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2009
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:47
Publisher: Berghahn Books
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/66071

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