Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Oxford Brookes academics contribute heavily to recently published Anthropology book

Monday, 11 November 2013

‘Ethics in the field. Contemporary challenges’, edited by Jeremy MacClancy and Agustin Fuentes, was published in September by Berghahn. In recent years ever-increasing concerns about ethical dimensions of fieldwork practice have forced anthropologists and other social scientists to radically reconsider the nature, process and outcomes of fieldwork: what should we be doing, how, for whom, and to what end? Contributors to the book, from across the anthropological disciplines and sociology, question and compare the ethical regulation of fieldwork in a multitude of dimensions. The book fulfils the brief of the Department’s Anthropological Centre for Conservation, the Environment, and Development (ACCEND), to develop a genuinely transanthropological discourse, on this occasion at the level of methods. As well as Jeremy MacClancy, other contributors from the deparment are Tina Miller, Em Rundall, Anna Nekaris, Vincent Nijman and Matt McLennan, which means that over half of the contributors to the book are from the Brookes Social Sciences department. This is also the second book to be produced based on an international conference organized by ACCEND. The first was ‘Centralizing fieldwork’ (Berghahn 2011). Two further volumes, both based on ACCEND conferences, are being prepared for publication.