ANT.101, WK5, DS1 Ethics in Anthropology
ANT.101, WK5, DS1 Ethics in Anthropology
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Ethics in Anthropology As noted anthropology s work with the military over the years has been wrought with controversy Where do you stand on the issue regarding the use of anthropologists in intelligence gathering for the military Can you come up with a compelling argument based on examples given in the text your understanding of the ethical requirements of anthropologist and from your own experiences understanding of past and present military actions to take a stance on this issue Please use concepts and terminology from the text Your initial response should be 150200 words in length Please support your claims with examples from the text recommended material andor scholarly articles Respond to at least two of your classmates postings by Day 7 ETHICS IN ANTHROPOLOGY REASON OR TREASON Tarasha HicksonSmith ANT 101 WEEK 5 DISCUSSION 1 Where do you stand on the issue regarding the use of anthropologists in intelligence gathering for the military Is it reason or treason that motivates the efforts of anthropologist that chose to assist the military Indeed there are certain parts to gathering intelligence that may go far beyond the political perspective the government has Military officials have to be aware of all the details that make up the cultures of the countries that they are instructed to interact with By anthropologist being the social scientists that specialize in studying the origins and social relationships of human beings they are the perfect source for that type of information Nowak amp Laird What is the Anthropology Defining Cultural Anthropology 2010 However when it comes to being involved as an enemy rather than an ally of the country being studied by the anthropologist or infiltrated by the military then they become informants rather than advocates for the people that allowed them access into their world Can you come up with a compelling argument based on examples given in the text For instance anthropologist such as EvansPrichard during his research efforts to study the Nuer may have started out with good reasons to support the civilization of their society but ended with their defeat He described it as occasioned deep resentment 1940 p 11 Nowak amp Laird Anthropology and Government Links 2010quot Being that his work was sponsored by the government he turned a deaf ear to the battle athand Your understanding of the ethical requirements of anthropologist From my understanding the Principals of Professional Responsibility PPR are somewhat con icting for the anthropologist having to balance all these responsibilities equally and at the same time maintain the integrity of their work If they do not accept outside sponsorship then the ventures of the research may become too expensive to handle personally if they do not respect the confidentiality of some aspects of the research results it could discredit their work or if they have to reveal enough information that could be of use to the sponsor then the work cannot be published for further usage limiting the effectiveness of their findings American Anthropological Association 2009 Nowak amp Laird 2010 Understanding of past and present military actions to take a stance on this issue The intentions of the anthropologist teeter in both directions of treason and reason they must provide all information about that society and their culture but from an intense ethnographic perspective Without prejudice Just like Raphael Patai39s work With the HTS Prog ra m although the anthropologist cannot control only inform Whoever is on the receiving end in his case the military of the ins and outs of the information each must use their moral judgment to make a conscious decision on the implementation of the information for the good of all parties involved Nowak amp Laird Anthropology and Government Links 2010 It is really about the value placed on the education and awareness gained from receiving information about that societies culture that the military should take into consideration Works Cited Nowak B amp Laird P 2010 Anthropology and Government Links In CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGYpp Chap 92 para 3 San Diego California Bridgepoint Education Inc Nowak B amp Laird P 2010 Ethics in Anthropology In CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGYpp Chap 93 para 2 San Diego CA Bridgepoint EducannInc Nowak B amp Laird P 2010 What is the Anthropology De ning Cultural Anthropology In CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGYp chap 12 San Diego California Bridgepoint Education 51 phmip pratherg 22046 PM Combating terrorism is one of the main subjects on all our nations and our allies tables in the 21St century So in my opinion in regards to anthropologists assisting in the gathering of intelligence on a known enemy is a good thing All of us know even civilian that in order to defeat an enemy you need to know your enemy and anthropologist look into defeating terrorism know habits cultures and survival tactic about the enemy could give us an advantage Being in the military I feel actions that were taking in the past against terrorist was warranted giving the fact extremist go through crazy to hurt others to convey a message Ethical do I fell it is ethically wrong to intrude our enemy culture no because in my opinion they use it against us Hello Phillip I have to say you have a good point we do appreciate when military and anthropological intelligence gives us an advantage to defeat the enemy For example when Osama Bin Laden was found and gunned down I am sure anthropologist had to share intricate details about the Islamic culture that lead to his demise However when the enemy turns out not to be the enemy as in the innocent bystanders being attacked or left worst off than when they started it sends a negative message about the true intentions of the anthropologist that studied them and the military soldiers that were sent to help them Nowak amp Laird Anthropology and Government Links 2010 This is when their position can quickly change from advocate to spy and from hero to terrorist in a moment s time Nowak amp Laird 2010 That is why the ethics put in place by the AAA are so important to keep the integrity of the services provided Nowak amp Laird 2010 Works Cited Nowak B amp Laird P 2010 Anthropology and Government Links In CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGYpp Chap 92 para 3 San Diego California Bridgepoint Education Inc Nowak B amp Laird P 2010 Ethics in Anthropology n CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGYpp Chap 93 para 2 San Diego CA Bridgepoint EducannInc Nowak B amp Laird P 2010 What is the Anthropology De ning Cultural Anthropology n CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGYp chap 12 San Diego California Bridgepoint Education Week 5Discussion 1 Sharon Brown 7252011 65254 PM After reading chapter nine I that anthropologists played a great part in the intelligence for gathering information for the military In 1964 anthropologists played a role in getting the Special Operations Research Of ce SORO established This help to gather information for to better understand different intelligence for the military During World War 2 the anthropologists help the military to keep them safe and to better understand the enemy especially the Japanese They help the military by teaching them the local language and writing of the enemy They also help the army with broadcasting propaganda to demoralize the Japanese soldiers feel that anthropologists played a great part in the military because of the way they help the military to understand different things about the enemy from their language to the the writing and most of all they help to keep them safe In learning this feel that we need anthropologists in this present time to help our military men and women They are very important Hello Sharon I agree the information provided from anthropological ethnographies is very useful when brie ng the military and governmental agencies on outside countries This also gives an unfair advantage to us unless they have their own anthropological informant teaching them about our country as well All the planning and execution done during the Commander s Military Decision Making Process MDMP is of vital importance to achieve the desired out come For the protection of our country and our troops acting on our behalf we have to remain informed and two steps ahead at all times However this must be extremely dif cult when acting on the behalf of another country Our country has been considered allies to countries all over the world mostly because our subsistence mostly relies on the goods produced and traded with those countries that lack military power The information provided makes the military and government aware of their strengths and weaknesses as well as their wants and needs This is where we capitalize on the allies formed making us twice the hero able to serve as consumers and protect as codefendants
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