The Runaway Wife

TitleThe Runaway Wife
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsCassell, J, Urdaneta, ML, Turner, E
Corporate AuthorsAmerican Anthropological Association,
PublisherAmerican Anthropological Association
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsANTHROPOLOGY , professional responsibility
AbstractAn anthropologist doing fieldwork in a small town in rural Mexico is asked by a woman living in the community if she can give her a ride into town so she can run away from her abuse husband. The anthropologist wants to help, but the woman's husband is an influential member of the community and helping the woman may destroy some of the relationships the anthropologist had spent months in developing with other community measures. Traditionally in the village, what happened within a household was not the concern of outsiders.
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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