September 17, 2010
Belote, L. “Ethics in Anthropology.” Senior seminar. University of Minnesota Duluth.
East Duluth, MN. 6 May, 2005.
Summarize: In this article several ethical problems are discussed. This is a large controversy in
the anthropology world. The question of “Is this fair to the people in which are being
studied?” Many cultures like to keep quiet about their society. The often do not let
outsiders into their cultures and communities. Another issue is the safety of the
researcher. There have been many cases in which a person has given up the title of
anthropologist for their own safety. If they do not publish their work they go against the
AAA; but if they do publish they feel it as a violation to the culture in which they have
become so strongly attached. Dr. Mitra Emad, who told us that ethics is “right and
Assess: This source was very helpful. It gave a lot of good information about conflicts going on
within anthropology. It covered several different points and conflicts. It also interviewed
several different anthropologists and got inside opinions from them.
Reflect: This source was very reliable and scholarly. Coming from a professor, I felt it was well
researched and he had good insight as to what he was writing and researching. He used
several different opinions from different people so that in a way, it was not a one sided
September 17, 2010
Allyson, Jane. “Controversial Topics in Anthropology in 2008.” Helium Social Science.
September 8, 2010.
Summarize: This article is mainly about a 40,000 year old tooth that has caused some
controversy within the anthropology studies. Many are close minded and are sticking
with the theory that the Neanderthals did not migrate and the tooth was simply that of a
small child that may have been carried off by an animal or fallen in a river, or was this
theory wrong. Did the Neanderthals migrate for food resources? This brings up the
uncertainty and inaccuracy of much of the work. Often times, much of the work is
inaccurate. Most of this work is based on hypothesis. There are not many real answers.
“Their methods have been questioned by some officials and traditional leaders who are
concerned that their sacred burial sites were being exploited to use for entertainment
purposes only, rather than for scientific study.” ( Allyson 1)
Assess: This source is fairly reliable, although, it is a piece of work based off of an opinion. This
person is a well-educated anthropologist. This is definitely a one sided paper. She does
not use other people’s opinions. It is all based off of her own thoughts and opinions.
Reflect: This was a very helpful source. It gave insight into the struggles and difficulties of being
an anthropologist. So much of the work is based off of hypothesis and may or may not be
right. It is a daily struggle for an anthropologist to find the truth of the subject. In
anthropology an opinion is required and you will meet others that have different opinions.
September 17, 2010
G., Christine. “Controversial Topics in Anthropology in 2008.” Helium Social Science.
September 9, 2010.
Summarize: This article brings up the question of “How far should anthropologists go in their
efforts to study other cultures?” This has been a question asked for many years among the
anthropologists. This article also addresses the fact of difference of opinion. Since most
anthropology is based off of opinions, their differences are very important. Ethics then
become a large problem, Ethical controversies flourish in any scientific study.” (G 1)
Assess: This source was very biased and one sided. She did not use any resources and was
straight and to the point and used the words “I feel, or in my opinion.” It was not one of
the most helpful sources but was still very useful.
Reflect: Some of the points presented in this article were very helpful. It kind of makes you
think, is this work ethical to the people in which it studies. Ones opinion in any kind of
scientifical study is valued greatly because nothing is certain within these studies. It is
one of those things that makes you really think and say what is the most logical
explanation and from there form a hypothesis.