After a five-year review process, members of the American Anthropological Association have approved a rigorous overhaul of their ethics code. The code offers guidance to anthropologists as to how they should conduct themselves in professional and academic settings, in collecting and disseminating research data, and in their relationships with research subjects, colleagues and students. The new document, titled “Statement on Ethics: Principles of Professional Responsibility,” strengthens the previous ethics code, adapts it to the digital age, and makes use of a fundamentally new format. Members were given six weeks to vote on the code, which was approved by an overwhelming 93 percent of those who voted.
The first AAA ethics code was written in 1971, in response to controversies over the Vietnam War. Where previous AAA ethics codes resembled straightforward legal codes, the new Principles of Professional Responsibility take the form of a hyperlinked living document in a simple, user-friendly format. While still offering guidance for ethical conduct in the form of general principles, the new document features embedded hypertext links to pertinent case study materials, reference documents, websites and articles. The Statement has a series of references after each defining principle to allow the readers to find further sources of information and data. These resources give readers a richer sense of the context of the ethics code and of specific dilemmas anthropologists have faced in their work. Continue reading “Anthropologists Approve Comprehensive Overhaul of Ethics Code”
Today’s special guest blog post is from AAA President, Leith Mullings. Dear AAA Member: After a five-year process, I am pleased to now ask you to vote on revisions to our association’s Code of Ethics. As many of you know, in 2005 the Executive Board (EB) set up the Commission on the Engagement of Anthropology … Continue reading Cast Your Vote, AAA Members, on the Code of Ethics
In March, the C4ISR Journal, a publication of Defense News, ran the cover story U.S. Army’s Human Terrain Experts May Help Defuse Future Conflicts. In the piece, journalist Jim Hodges wrote: The HTS (Human Terrain System) also ran afoul of anthropological organizations that believed their scholars were becoming spies and that their work was being … Continue reading Anthropologists and the Human Terrain System
Today is the last day to review the posted Code of Ethics and submit your comments to the subcommittee charged to review the draft code. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to share your comments. Continue reading Last Call for Comment on AAA’s Posted Draft Code of Ethics
Just a reminder – you, the membership at large, are invited to review the posted draft Code of Ethics, and submit your comments by January 30, 2012 to email@example.com for the subcommittee to consider. Your input is crucial to this process, and we thank you for your dedication to our association. In the event you … Continue reading Please Review the Proposed Code of Ethics
The January 30th deadline to review the posted draft code of ethics and submit your comments is quickly approaching. At the 2011 AAA Annual Meeting recently held in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, the AAA Executive Board (EB) voted to receive a draft revision of the AAA’s Code of Ethics as revised by the Task Force for … Continue reading Review of the Proposed Code of Ethics – Deadline Approaching
At the 2011 AAA Annual Meeting recently held in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, the AAA Executive Board (EB) voted to receive a draft revision of the AAA’s Code of Ethics as revised by the Task Force for Comprehensive Ethics Review. The EB also passed a resolution thanking the task force and its chair, Dena Plemmons, for … Continue reading Review of the Proposed Code of Ethics