A new article on guidelines for anthropological research has been published in the journal Ethnography. The article is a collaboration of Birgit Meyer (UU), Martijn de Koning (UvA), Annelies Moors (UvA) and Peter Pels (Leiden University).
The abstract reads as follows:
As anthropologists we are increasingly confronted with attempts – be it by employers, the media, or policy makers – to regulate our work in ways that are both epistemologically and ethically counterproductive and threaten our scientific integrity. This document is written out of concern about the problems that occur when protocols for data management, integrity, and ethics, developed for sciences that employ a positivistic, hypothesistesting and replicable style of research, are applied to different scientific practices, such as social and cultural anthropology, that are more explorative, intersubjective and interpretative. In social and cultural anthropology, issues of scientific governance and its ethics are strongly case-specific. Still, concerns about the imposition of scientific protocols from other disciplines require anthropologists to develop some general guidelines for data management, integrity and ethics of anthropological research. Rather than fixed rules, these are broad principles to guide work and adapt it to specific cases.
The full article can be found and downloaded (pdf) on the website of the journal: link