Ethical Dilemmas and Moral Responsibilities

TitleEthical Dilemmas and Moral Responsibilities
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of PublicationSubmitted
AuthorsCassell, J, Colson, E
Corporate AuthorsAmerican Anthropological Association,
PublisherAmerican Anthropological Association
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsANTHROPOLOGY , professional responsibility
AbstractAfter 14 months of fieldwork plus nine successive summers, Becky Ross went into the field for her 11th season with a southwest Indian Tribe. When she first entered the field, she had been accepted as a granddaughter by an elderly couple with whom she had always lived, and the couple's three grown children treated her as a sister. This summer, when she reached the field, she learned that her "grandfather-father" was not well: he had Alzheimer's and diabetes, and was exhibiting distressing signs of senility. Her adopted family asks her to help take care of the elderly couple. What should Becky 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.
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