Anthropology Group Approves Overhaul of Its Ethics Code

The American Anthropological Association on Tuesday announced that its members had approved a new ethics code after a five-year review, a move that was favored by 93 percent of those who voted on the document. In a news release, the association said that the new document is organized according to seven principles, including “do no harm” and “be open and honest regarding your work.”

Changes in the association’s ethics code have been a much-debated subject among anthropologists, who have grappled with the proper role for researchers who want to advocate on behalf of the subjects they study. The new document says it is intended to “foster discussion, guide anthropologists in making responsible decisions, and educate.”

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