Professions of duplexity: a prehistory of ethical codes in anthropology [with comments and reply]

TitleProfessions of duplexity: a prehistory of ethical codes in anthropology [with comments and reply]
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsPels, P
JournalCurrent Anthropology
Volume40
Issue2
Pagination101-136
Publication Languageeng
Accession Number99s04x-738
KeywordsCultural Ethnography , Ethics in anthropology , General , History of anthropology , Research guidelines
AbstractThis paper attempts to contextualize the renewed interest that anthropological societies internationally have paid to ethical codes. The author discusses different ways in which morals have been conceptualized and institutionalized in anthropology, and argues that the history of professional anthropology has led to a situation of moral duplexity, or an unintentional use of double standards in professional practice. The author examines the way in which this tension has worked out during different periods of the history of anthropology, and shows the the recent institutionalization of morals in the form of ethical codes is a very unusual strategy. As the emphasis now seems to like on negotiation with the people studied as well as the sponsors of anthropological research, the author notes that this move may make the institutionalization of anthropological morals in an ethical code obsolete.
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URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/2991355
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