Anthropologists Ethical Issues
John R. Hunt
Human Behavior Perspective Module 1
Professor Dan Moore
September 4, 2011
Anthropology has been known as a study of an infinite curiosity about humans. Not only concerned with an interest in human beings and their development’s, Anthropology is a much broader concept of trying to understand the relationships between human beings and all possible questions about them such as where we came from and where we may be going. It’s the understanding that all aspects of human beings through discovery, study, interpretation and inference of past and present cultural characteristics. After gathering all kinds of different knowledge, you can gain a better understanding of individuals in society, regardless of the resulting conclusion being either right or wrong. In this paper I will be talking about the ethical issues that Anthropologists and other social scientists consider when conducting research with people and why a code of ethics is important for social scientists. What is Anthropology? It is defined as ‘the study of cultural diversity’, or simply ‘the study of humankind’. (Writing for Students, 2011) Anthropology is a multidisciplinary field of science and scholarship, which includes the study of all aspects of humankind; archaeological, biological, linguistic and sociocultural. (Code of Ethics of the American Anthropological Association , 2011) There are so many different and important obligations that Anthropologists are faced with. Anthropologists primary responsibility is to “the people, species, and materials that they study and to the people with whom they work with. (American Anthropological Association Code of Ethics, 2011) No matter how difficult the research seems they are to follow the Code to gather information and to resolve all the information that they are studying. The principles and guidelines in the Code provide the anthropologist...
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