Biological Anthropology and Ethics: From Repatriation to Genetic Identity

ISBN: 9780791462966
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication Date: 2004-12-16
Number of pages: 338
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The first comprehensive account of the ethical issues facing biological anthropologists today.

Biological anthropologists face an array of ethical issues as they engage in fieldwork around the world. In this volume human biologists, geneticists, paleontologists, and primatologists confront their involvement with, and obligations to, their research subjects, their discipline, society, and the environment. Those working with human populations explore such issues as who speaks for a group, community consultation and group consent, the relationship between expatriate communities and the community of origin, and disclosing the identity of both individuals and communities. Those working with skeletal remains discuss issues that include access to and ownership of fossil material. Primatologists are concerned about the well-being of their subjects in laboratory and captive situations, and must address yet another set of issues regarding endangered animal populations and conservation in field situations. The first comprehensive account of the ethical issues facing biological anthropologists today, Biological Anthropology and Ethics opens the door for discussions of ethical issues in professional life.

“This welcome edited volume … establishes critical base-lines for the emerging discourse regarding biological anthropology and ethics, not only in the United States but in a globalized world of research.” — Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

“Biological Anthropology and Ethics reminds us that we need to guard against carrying out our work in a vacuum devoid of ethical considerations.” — International Journal of Primatology

“This stimulating volume is worthy, not only of our attention, but also of our reflection on these issues in our work.” — International Journal of Osteoarcheology

“The authors and editor of this volume are to be congratulated for producing a coherent volume that both solidifies the foundation of ethical research design within biological anthropology, and makes for a very interesting read. It will provide an excellent point of departure for undergraduate seminars and graduate students about to begin their own research.” — Journal of Anthropological Research

"This is a timely, important, and fascinating work. It performs a wonderful service by thoughtfully confronting ethical issues in all branches of anthropology, from primatology to fossils to studies of living people. This book will serve as a very important resource for future ethical codes of anthropological and related associations." — Kathleen Gibson, coeditor of Evolutionary Anatomy of the Primate Cerebral Cortex

Contributors include Susan C. Antón, Shawn W. Carlyle, Jonathan S. Friedlaender, Michele L. Goldsmith, M. Geoffry Hayes, Frederika A. Kaestle, Jay Kaplan, Rick A. Kittles, Clark Spencer Larsen, Cathi Lehn, Leslie S. Lieberman, Jeffrey C. Long, Alan E. Mann, Janet M. Monge, Leanne T. Nash, Jeffrey D. Nelson, Dennis H. O’Rourke, David G. Smith, Sara Stinson, Trudy R. Turner, Phillip L. Walker, Heather Walsh-Haney, Sloan R. Williams, Cynthia E. Winston, Linda D. Wolfe, and Stacy Zamudio.

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