The Ethics of Anthropology and Amerindian Research: Reporting on Environmental Degradation and Warfare.

Title

The Ethics of Anthropology and Amerindian Research: Reporting on Environmental Degradation and Warfare.

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Description

The decision to publish scholarly findings bearing on the question of Amerindian environmental degradation, warfare, and/or violence is one that weighs heavily on anthropologists. This burden stems from the fact that documentation of this may render indigenous communities vulnerable to a host of predatory agendas and hostile modern forces.

Consequently, some anthropologists and community advocates alike argue that such culturally and socially sensitive, and thereby, politically volatile information regarding Amerindian-induced environmental degradation and warfare should not be reported. This admonition presents a conundrum for anthropologists and other social scientists employed in the academy or who work at the behest of tribal entities.

This work documents the various ethical dilemmas that confront anthropologists, and researchers in general, when investigating Amerindian communities. The contributions to this volume explore the ramifications of reporting--and, specfically,--of non-reporting instances of environmental degradation and warfare among Amerindians.

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Sociology and Anthropology

ISBN

978-1-4614-1065-2

Publication Date

2012

Publisher

Springer

City

New York

Keywords

American Indian communities and social violence, American Indian relationship with the environment, American indian attitudes towards conservation, Amerindian warfare, Amerindian warrior tradition, debunking Amerindian stereotypes, environmental concerns and violence among Amazonian indians, ethical concerns with reporting anthropological data, indigenous natural resource use, revisionist history of Amerindians, suppresion of anthropological and ethnographic data

Disciplines

Anthropology | Archaeological Anthropology