Banning “Secret Research” in Anthropology

An article by Scott Jaschik in the March 13, 2008, issue of Inside Higher Ed titled, “Defining a Ban on Secret Research“, indicates that the board of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) is finally moving closer to drafting a proposed ban on most “secret research” save for that which is kept secret to safeguard the […]

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Open Letter to Richard Shweder

November 11, 2007 Dear Professor Shweder, The op-ed page of the New York Times is one of the loudest megaphones in American intellectual life. Those who are privileged to use it have an obligation to do so with care. Your recent op-ed (“A True Culture War“) contained serious omissions and mischaracterizations in its depiction of […]

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Shweder’s “True Culture War,” Part II

Before I continue, I wanted to counter any reader’s impression that the hidden aim of these posts is to somehow malign or criticize Shweder personally. I actually do not know him, we have never met, and what I recall that I might have read in the past certainly left me without a negative impression. I […]

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Richard A. Shweder: A True Culture War

In an Op-Ed titled, “A True Culture War,”┬áin The New York Times, for Saturday, October 27, 2007, Richard A. Shweder made the following arguments: 1. That the pledge of the Network of Concerned Anthropologists, calling for an anthropological boycott of counterinsurgency support is understandable since, “these concerned scholars don’t want to make it easier for […]

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