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MAGAZINES & JOURNALS
A glance at the summer issue of "Thought & Action":
Seeing anthropological research subjects as partners
History and anthropology researchers should learn to see the
people they study as partners in their work, rather than as
resources to be exploited, says David Carey Jr., an assistant
professor of history at the University of Southern Maine.
Too often, particularly in Latin America, foreign researchers
"arrive with predetermined ideas and methodologies that they
impose, apply, and test on their research subjects, yet they
fail to invite and seriously consider input from the population
under study," he writes. Then the "investigators leave without
sharing their findings or insights," he adds.
"Ethically, this behavior is abhorrent," Mr. Carey maintains,
"because it not only exploits people as objects, but assumes
they are incapable of intellectual contributions to academic
theories, methodologies, and data, when, in fact, their very
position as subjects of inquiry should define them as experts in
the content area."
Through such omissions, researchers also miss valuable
opportunities to increase the depth of their knowledge and to
contribute to the communities they study, he says.
Scholars should involve research participants in planning
research agendas, he concludes, and should share the results of
that research in a language and format that is useful to them.
The article is online at http://www.nea.org/he/heta03/s03p99.pdf
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