The Primacy of the Ethical: Propositions for a Militant Anthropology

@article{ScheperHughes1995ThePO,
  title={The Primacy of the Ethical: Propositions for a Militant Anthropology},
  author={Nancy Scheper‐Hughes},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  year={1995},
  volume={36},
  pages={409 - 440}
}
CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY Volume 36, Number 3, June r995 ttl 1995 by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. All rights reserved oo32041~5136o3·ooo3S2..oo The Primacy of the Ethical Propositions for a Militant Anthropology! by Nancy Scheper-Hughes In bracketing certain Western Enlightenment truths we hold and defend as self-evident at home in order to engage theoreti­ cally a multiplicity of alternative truths encoded in our reified notion of culture, anthropologists may be… 
Anthropology’s ethics: Moral positionalism, cultural relativism, and critical analysis
In a programmatic article, published in late 2008 in Anthropological Theory, the French anthropologist Didier Fassin explores the vexed question whether anthropology should be moral or not. Observing
The Problem with Ethics
A minimalist and deontological focus of anthropological ethics, and the current lack of consensus in the field about ethical and methodological rigor, produces conference presentations, monographs,
The 'fourth aim' of anthropology
Any anthropological research mobilizes an axiological system, composed at once of moral values and epistemological values. Starting from the example of my first fieldwork among officers of the secret
Some methodological considerations for anthropology
Anthropologists’ longstanding ambivalence toward political advocacy has, in recent years, come under sustained fire—a shift that is often framed in terms of the discipline’s “moral turn.” In this
Professions of Duplexity
  • P. Pels
  • Sociology
    Current Anthropology
  • 1999
This paper attempts to contextualize the renewed vigor with which ethical codes have been discussed in anthropology in the 1990s. It outlines, with four historical sketches set in chronological
Engaging the Religiously Committed Other: Anthropologists and Theologians in Dialogue
Anthropology has two tasks: the scientific task of studying human beings and the instrumental task of promoting human flourishing. To date, the scientific task has been constrained by secularism, and
Reflexivity in anthropological discourse analysis
To discuss reflexivity in anthropology is not a new approach. The purpose of this article is to examine the meaning of reflexivity for the hermeneutical or confessional anthropology, which has been
Practicing Ethics and Ethical Practice: The Case of Anthropologists and Military Humanitarians
In recent years the discipline of anthropology has given considerable attention to making sense of outreach by the U.S. military to assist with the "softer" side of its current global missions, which
Incommensurability and affinity
This article takes what has always been a methodological and ethical question for anthropologists (how should we relate to others?) and turns it into an ethnographic one (how do those we study think
Beyond good and evil?
There is a paradox with morals in anthropology: on the one hand, morals are not considered as a legitimate object of study and are looked upon with suspicion; on the other hand, there is an
...
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 114 REFERENCES
Paths Toward a Clearing: Radical Empiricism and Ethnographic Inquiry
Turnerian progress, as desert, and as Big Rock Candy Mountain. This book should be thought-provoking to anyone interested in the relationship between landscape and environmental perception and folk
Rhetoric and the Authority of Ethnography: "Postmodernism" and the Social Reproduction of Texts
Recent critics of anthropological theorizing and ethnographic authority have claimed "reflexivity," "polyphony," and "dialog" as core values for anthropology's seff-deconstruction. This paper
A Critical Look at Indices Used in the Study of Social Change in Colonial Africa
Colonialism imposed the urban order on the indigenous societies of Africa, especially in those areas of southern Africa settled by whites. Many anthropologists have investigated the consequent social
Magic, Science, Religion, and the Scope of Rationality
List of plates Foreword Alfred Harris Acknowledgements 1. Magic, science and religion in Western thought: anthropology's intellectual legacy 2. Anthropology's intellectual legacy (continued) 3. Sir
'There ain't no black in the Union Jack' : the cultural politics of race and nation
Gilroy demonstrates the enormous complexity of racial politics in England today. Exploring the relationships among race, class, and nation as they have evolved over the past twenty years, he
The legitimacy of the modern age
In this major work, Blumenberg takes issue with Karl Lowith's well-known thesis that the idea of progress is a secularized version of Christian eschatology, which promises a dramatic intervention
Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic among the Azande
AbstractDR. E. E. EVANS-PRITCHARD, already well known in anthropological circles for some penetrating studies of the manners, customs and mental constitution of certain peoples of the Anglo-Egyptian
The pasteurization of France
TLDR
The Pasteurization of France can be viewed as a battle, with its field and its myriad contestants, in which opposing sides attempted to mould and coerce various forces of resistance.
...
...