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Introduction

Lynn Stephen

in Zapata Lives!

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520222373
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927643 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520222373.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter discusses relevant background information on Zapatismo and locates the text in relation to the international political economy. It studies the ethical and moral responsibilities anthropologists have and argues that a flexible understanding of anthropology can incorporate the functions of witness and observer, especially in relation to human rights work and the human experience of social suffering. This chapter also takes a look at the longer anthropological tradition of ethnography conducted during times of conflict and violence, while suggesting responsible ways to conduct such research.

Keywords: Zapatismo; international political economy; ethical responsibilities; moral responsibilities; anthropology; witness; observer; human rights work; social suffering; ethnography; conflict and violence

Chapter.  12106 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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