The Case of the Falsified Data

TitleThe Case of the Falsified Data
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsJacobs, S-E
Corporate AuthorsAmerican Anthropological Association,
PublisherAmerican Anthropological Association
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsANTHROPOLOGY , Collaboration , Data , Misconduct , Supervisor/Trainee
AbstractMickey Jordan has developed a collaborative social-impact assessment project involving two colleagues and three students. The six-person team was responsible for collecting field data in a wide geographical area at some distance from their university. Jordan, a student on the project, happens to be in the region assigned to one of the faculty members, Brian Cash, and begins talking to one of Cash's named informants, who he finds out has never talked to Brian Cash, and who has never even heard of the research project. Has Cash been making up data? What should Jordan do?
NotesFrom the Handbook on Ethical Issues in Anthropology, edited by Joan Cassell and Sue-Ellen Jacobs. A special publication of the American Anthropological Association, number 23.