The Ethics Code of the American Anthropological Association (the professional organization for anthropologists in the U.S.)
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It’s an essay not a research paper. If you use outside work for some reason, you do need to cite it. Here are the AAA rules for citation: https://www.americananthro.org/StayInformed/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=2044 Below is the full text of the assignment. The Ethics Code of the American Anthropological Association (the professional organization for anthropologists in the U.S.) is available at the link below: http://ethics.americananthro.org/category/statement/ Please read it. You will notice that ethics are a crucial issue for anthropological fieldwork. You will, also, have come to have some understanding about the process of fieldwork after reading the chapter in your text.Here is a classic case study of ethics in Anthropology taken from the archives of the American Anthropological Association. Case 2: Witness to Murder. Mary Thompson had been conducting fieldwork in a Southeast Asian community for 18 months. Her house was ideally located on the edge of the village plaza, allowing her to readily observe daily activities that took place in the plaza. In addition to gatherings of women who shared food preparation tasks and talk, and groups of men working individually on carvings, the plaza was regularly a gathering place for men at night.One night while Thompson was working up some statistical problems in her house, she was distracted by argumentative discussions in the plaza. When the noise of the argument reached a high pitch, she decided to investigate the situation. Just as she stepped from her doorway, she saw one of the men in the group of five, angrily raise his machete and deliver a deadly blow to another–Tom–in the group. Stunned silence fell over the other three men, as they watched their companion quickly bleed to death before their eyes. Moments later people from the other homes began moving into the plaza in response to the wailing that came from the man who had wielded the machete. Mournful crying and wailing was carried throughout the village. The family members of the dead man carried him to their home and began funeral preparations.The next evening, Tom was buried. The man who had dealt the deadly blow was allowed to participate in the funeral and to make a death payment to the family of the deceased.Two days after the funeral, three regional policemen came to the village. As part of a new governmental program designed to reduce blood feuds, the regional authorities now regularly sought to arrest and jail people who were involved in killings. They had heard about the recent death. They began questioning the villagers in an attempt to determine if Tom had been “murdered.” Thompson had written a detailed description of the events of the night of Tom’s death in her notebook which contained a running record of village activities. Thompson’s dilemma: (1) Since she knew the police would question her, should she quickly tear out and destroy the pages in her notebook where the events were recorded? (2) When questioned by the police should she, like the other villagers,plead ignorance concerning the killing? (3) What anthropological perspectives and ethics must guide Thompson’s thought and actions? Please write a two-three page essay discussing the anthropological perspectives and ethics that Thompson must follow. Follow the guidelines below in your response. Papers should be double-spaced and 12 point font. Guidelines for your response: 1. Clearly state your informed opinion as to Thompson’s path forward in a thesis statement. How must she view this incident and how should she behave with the police? 2. Clearly discuss the anthropological perspectives of ethnocentrism and cultural relativism in this case study. What might your personal view of the incident be? What must be the view of an anthropologist? 3. Review the ethics code at the AAA website and consider Thompson’s response to the police. What should she do with her field notes? What should she respond when questioned by the police? 4. Write a conclusion that comments on cultural relativism and anthropological ethics. What did you learn about an anthropologist’ social responsibility to their research subjects and to their own academic discipline?
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