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The Ethics of Knowledge Creation: Transactions, Relations, and Persons

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The Ethics of Knowledge Creation

Transactions, Relations, and Persons

Edited by Lisette Josephides and Anne Sigfrid Grønseth

272 pages, 2 figures, 1 table, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-404-7 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (June 2017)

eISBN 978-1-78533-405-4 eBook

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“Anthropology has long been keenly aware of the complicated ethical terrain of fieldwork, knowledge-acquisition and -creation, and the representation, dissemination, and use(s) of that knowledge. The chapters here though are a worthy contribution to that disciplinary self-reflection, which—as a form of knowledge itself—can never be completed or exhausted.” · Anthropology Review Database

“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 Göttingen


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.

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. These interests are represented in her two recent edited volumes, We the Cosmopolitans (2014, co-edited with Alexandra Hall) and Knowledge and Ethics in Anthropology (2015).

Anne Sigfrid Grønseth is Professor in Social Anthropology at University College of Lillehammer, Norway, where she directs the Research Unit of Health, Culture and Identity, and Migration and Diversity Studies. Her research on Tamil refugees and more widely on asylum-seekers with concern for belonging, health and wellbeing engages issues of methodology, modes of knowledge, self and personhood, dwelling and humanism.

Subject: Applied Anthropology Theory & Methodology in Anthropology


List of Illustration

Introduction: The Ethics of Knowledge-Creation
Anne Sigfrid Grønseth and Lisette Josephides


Chapter 1. Empathic Relations with Tamil Refugees: Challenging Morality and Calling for Ethics of Knowledge-Creation
Anne Sigfrid Grønseth

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


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


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

Marilyn Strathern


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