October 6, 2000
How Anthropology Should Respond to an Ethical Crisis
Ethics in anthropology is like race in America -- dialogue takes place during times of crisis. In 1971, the Vietnam War precipitated American anthropology's first statement on ethics, and ethical discourse has been punctuated by crises from within and without ever since.
The anticipated publication of Darkness in El Dorado: How Scientists and Journalists Devastated the Amazon (W.W. Norton), by the investigative journalist Patrick Tierney, may produce a crisis of unparalleled magnitude
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