Practice and Ethics

The Coming Age of Anthropological Practice and Ethics

In a Spring 2014 article in the Journal of Business Anthropology, practicing anthropologists Tracy Meerwarth Pester and Elizabeth K. Briody, a past NAPA President, presented issues and outlined solutions toward bringing practitioner and academic anthropologists closer in drawing up a relevant set of ethics for the discipline as a whole.

The text of that article is available here (PDF format).

Along with the journal piece, Meerwarth Pester and Briody created an associated post for the AAA Ethics Blog, published on February 2, 2015. The post reflects their perspectives on the AAA Code of Ethics and how it was and was not reflected in their worklife experience. That posting is found at http://ethics.aaanet.org/do-some-good-and-other-lessons-from-practice-for-a-new-aaa-code-of-ethics/.

NAPA would like to encourage all anthropologists to review these two pieces. We also invite a dialogue on the forum below for those interested in contributing to the discussion of this issue, perhaps the most critical issue anthropologists of all backgrounds will face as the discipline moves forward into a more applied future.

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