Engaged anthropologist. About the need of boundaries Cover Image

Zaangażowany antropolog. O potrzebie granic
Engaged anthropologist. About the need of boundaries

Author(s): Adrianna Surmiak
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: anthropology; social science; ethnology

Summary/Abstract: In this article, the author analyses the ethical and psychological consequences of connecting research with a social activity. Her analysis is based on her own studies. The first example is the research she conducted as a streetworker in the environment of street prostitutes. The second example is the research from the Centre for Crisis Intervention, where she played the role of: the Centre’s ward, an informer (who gave out information to nuns and the tutor about the girl’s disobedience of regulations) and a mediator between the Centre’s employees and their wards. The mentioned experiences are a pretext to consider the responsibilities, that an engaged anthropologist bears, being both a researcher and activist. In this context the author tries to persuade, that there is a need to determine boundaries for our involvement.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 38
  • Page Range: 179-186
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Polish