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The Ethics of Anthropology and Amerindian Research

Reporting on Environmental Degradation and Warfare

Editors: Chacon, Richard, Mendoza, Rubén G. (Eds.)

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  • Addresses ethical dilemmas facing all branches of Anthropology.
  •  Presents contributions from archaeology, cultural anthropology, history, philosophy, and medicine.
  • Investigates Amerindian case studies ranging from Amazonian rainforest tribes and Mississippian chiefdoms to Mesoamerican and Andean civilizations.
  •  Includes scholarly perspectives by five authors of Amerindian descent
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About this book

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 descendant 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, specifically,--of non-reporting instances of environmental degradation and warfare among Amerindians.

Collectively, the contributions in this volume, which extend across the disciplines of archaeology, anthropology, ethnohistory, ethnic studies, philosophy, and medicine, argue that the non-reporting of environmental mismanagement and violence in Amerindian communities generally harms not only the field of anthropology but the Amerindian populations themselves.

About the authors

Dr. Richard John Chacon is an associate professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Winthrop University. His research interests include human behavioral ecology, natural resource conservation, warfare, belief systems, medical anthropology, and the indigenous peoples of the Americas. 

Dr. Rubén G. Mendoza is a professor of Anthropology in the Department of Social, Behavioral, and Global Studies at the California State University, Monterey Bay.  His research interests and publications address pre-Hispanic and Colonial era art, architecture, cosmology, and Amerindian warfare, ritual violence, and social complexity.

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Ethics of Anthropology and Amerindian Research
Book Subtitle
Reporting on Environmental Degradation and Warfare
Editors
  • Richard Chacon
  • Rubén G. Mendoza
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-1065-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-1065-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-1064-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-8962-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 524
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