Challenges for Research Ethics Education in the Social Sciences

TitleChallenges for Research Ethics Education in the Social Sciences
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsPlemmons, D
JournalTeaching Ethics
Date Published2012
Publication Languageeng
AbstractAt the recent annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, a colleague stated that anthropology was leaps and bounds ahead of other social sciences in thinking about the ethical dimensions of our research with those we study our participants: understanding the nuances and perhaps the impossibilities of truly informed consent, recognizing the collaborative nature of knowledge production, and thinking proactively about negotiating issues of ownership and dissemination of that knowledge. It is true, I think, that anthropologists have become very adept at these particular conversations, convinced as they are of anthropology’s exceptionality (our specific methodology of ethnography, and the completely unique kind of relationship with human subjects that methodology engenders). Our fraught history with those we study makes these conversations and our attention to this kind of ethical practice especially salient, as do current debates about our engagement with the military in specific ways, and longer standing conversations about anthropologists in the marketplace.