Guidelines for anthropological research: Data management, ethics and integrity

Together with Birgit Meyer (Utrecht University), Annelies Moors (University of Amsterdam) and Peter Pels (Leiden University) I wrote a short article on ethics and integrity against the background of current debates about (anthropological) research and data management.

As anthropologists we are increasingly confronted with attempts – be it by employers, the media, or policy makers – to regulate our work in ways that are both epistemologically and ethically counterproductive and threaten our scientific integrity. This document is written out of concern about the problems that occur when protocols for data management, integrity, and ethics, developed for sciences that employ a positivistic, hypothesis-testing and replicable style of research, are applied to different scientific practices, such as social and cultural anthropology, that are more explorative, intersubjective and interpretative. In social and cultural anthropology, issues of scientific governance and its ethics are strongly case-specific. Still, concerns about the imposition of scientific protocols from other disciplines require anthropologists to develop some general guidelines for data management, integrity and ethics of anthropological research. Rather than fixed rules, these are broad principles to guide work and adapt it to specific cases.

You can read it in full at the journal Ethnography (Open Access):

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