How to Protect Yourself from an Anthropologist: A Code of Ethics from the Bottom Up (2.0)

Considering the onslaught by US and European anthropologists on Eritrea and its people since independence, rather than discourage all researchers from entering Eritrea, it would be helpful for the people of Eritrea to know their right…


Revised: 21 September 2008

This document is meant to be the start of a decolonized code of ethics, ethics as seen not from the point of view of the foreign anthropologist, but from the vantage point of the community “receiving” that anthropologist. The history behind this document is quite long, dating at least to Vine Deloria Jr’s Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto, to several methodological texts on research with American Indians (to be reviewed in future posts), my course on Decolonizing Anthropological Epistemology, Methodology, and Theory, and, my own experience in drafting a similar document in collaboration with and on behalf of the leadership of the Santa Rosa Carib Community in Trinidad in 2003. The concerns of the Carib Community took shape in light of several conflicts with foreign researchers, including disagreements with myself, and the growing number of foreign researchers contacting them and entering their…

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