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The Ethics of Knowledge-Creation

Anthropology lies at the heart of the human sciences, tackling questions having to do with the foundations, ethics, and deployment of the knowledge crucial to human lives. The Ethics of Knowledge-Creation focuses on how knowledge is relationally created, how local knowledge can be transmuted into 'universal knowledge', and how the transaction and consumption of knowledge also monitors its subsequent production. This volume examines the ethical implications of various kinds of relations that are created in the process of 'transacting knowledge' and investigates how these transactions are also situated according to broader contradictions or synergies between ethical, epistemological, and political concerns.
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List of Illustration Introduction: The Ethics of Knowledge-Creation Anne Sigfrid Gronseth and Lisette Josephides PART I: NEGOTIATING AND TRANSACTING KNOWLEDGE IN THE FIELD Chapter 1. Empathic Relations with Tamil Refugees: Challenging Morality and Calling for Ethics of Knowledge-Creation Anne Sigfrid Gronseth Chapter 2. The Danger of Knowledge: Exercising Sameness, Bound to Differentiation Giovanna Bacchiddu Chapter 3. On the Shifting Ethics and Contexts of Knowledge Production Tamara Kohn PART II: THE ETHICS OF INDIRECT MEDIATED ETHNOGRAPHY Chapter 4. Troubled Conjunctures: Ethnography, Psychotherapy and Transnational Social Fields Laura Huttunen Chapter 5. The Problems with Gossip: Reflections on the Ethics of Conducting Multi-sited Ethnographic Research Tamsin Bradley PART III: BIOETHICS, BIO-POLITICS, AND HUMANITY BEYOND THE LOCAL Chapter 6. A Meditation on Knowledge Production by Personalized Genetic Testing Kaja Finkler Chapter 7. Biotechnology, Law and Some Problems of Knowing Marit Melhuus Chapter 8. Towards an Epistemology of Ethical Knowledge Lisette Josephides Afterword Marilyn Strathern Index

About the Author

Lisette Josephides is Professor of Anthropology at Queen's University Belfast. She previously taught at the Universities of PNG (1984-6), Minnesota (1989-2007), and the London School of Economics (1986-8). The Production of Inequality (1985) and Melanesian Odysseys (2008) are her most important publications on her PNG fieldwork. Her current interests focus on cosmopolitanism, philosophical anthropology and issues of knowledge and the person. Anne Sigfrid Gronseth is Associate Professor in Social Anthropology in the Department of Health and Social Science at the University College of Lillehammer, Norway, where she directs the Research Unit of Health, Culture and Identity. Her research on Tamil refugees with concern for health and wellbeing engages issues of methodology, modes of knowledge and humanism.


"Drawing from contexts of migration and biomedicine, this compelling collection offers timely contributions to current debates on the anthropology of knowledge, and tackles the challenging question of knowledge production during fieldwork, primarily in contexts of cultural difference and diversity." * Astrid Bochow, University of Gottingen

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