Concerns with research ethics have intensified over recent years, in large part as a symptom of "audit cultures" (M. Strathern) but also as a serious matter of engagement with the ethical complexities in contemporary research fields. This volume, written by a new generation of scholars engaged with contemporary global movements for social justice and peace, reflects their efforts in trying to integrate their scholarly pursuits with their understanding of social science, politics and ethics, and what political commitment means in practice and in fieldwork. This is a book of argument and analysis, written with passion, clarity and intellectual sophistication, which touches on issues of vital significance to social scientists and activists in general.
Heidi Armbruster holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology from SOAS in London. She is a lecturer in German and Transnational Studies at the University of Southampton. Anna Larke holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology from SOAS, University of London. She is a Research Fellow at The Open University and independent evaluator of Children's Fund services in Milton Keynes.
Introduction: The Ethics of Taking Sides Heidi Armbruster Chapter 1. Starting from Below: Fieldwork, Gender and Imperialism Now Nancy Lindisfarne Chapter 2. Arriving in Nowhere Land. Studying an Islamic Sufi Order in London Tayfun Atay Chapter 3. Friendships and Encounters within Left-Liberal Politics in Bangladesh Nayanika Mookherjee Chapter 4. Doing Fieldwork within Fear and Silences Panagiotis Geros Chapter 5. Memory, Ethics, Politics. Researching a Beleaguered Community Heidi Armbruster Chapter 6. Confessions of a Downbeat Anthropologist Anna Larke Chapter 7. We Will not Integrate! Multiple Belongings, Political Activism and Anthropology in Austria Sabine Strasser Chapter 8. Taking Sides in the Oilfields. For a Politically Engaged Anthropology Heike Schaumberg Chapter 9. Ranting and Silence. The Contradictions of Writing for Activists and Academics Jonathan Neale Bibliography Index