Anthropological Ethics Term Paper

A brief exploration of the ethical issues in the discipline of anthropology.
# 145545 | 885 words | 1 source | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 14, 2010 in Anthropology (General) , Ethics (General)

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The paper looks at the Code of Ethics for all anthropologists to employ in their fieldwork and discusses the anthropologist's responsibility to his or her students. The paper focuses on two articles; Laura Nader's "Professional Standards and What We Study" and Michael Rynkiewich's "The Underdevelopment of Anthropological Ethics".

From the Paper:

"The discipline of anthropology originated in the early 1800's, but its roots stretch back much further. Anthropology brought together the age-old questions of the biological origins of humans and the differences that inevitably exist between societies. The ideas of evolutionism and the influence of global colonialism set the stage for the rise of anthropology.
"By the 1600's, technology had allowed Europeans to explore much of the globe, thereby coming into contact with varied groups of people. Cultural differences raised many questions, and many explanations were formed. As European world exploration and colonization continued, more data on other cultures was collected from around the globe. Questions of culture and biology arose. Did cultural differences indicate that some races were superior or inferior? Were some societies more advanced than others?"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Rynkewich, Michael A. and James P. Spradley.1976 Ethics and Anthropology: Ethics in Fieldwork. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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