DebatePrep1 - Lauren Taranow 9-8-10 DEBATE PREPARATION #1:...

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Lauren Taranow 9-8-10 DEBATE PREPARATION #1: Taking Sides, Issue 18: Did Napoleon Chagnon’s Research Methods and Publications Harm the Yanomami Indians? YES: “The Yanomami and the Ethics of Anthropological Practice” 1. Author: Terence Turner, head of the AAA Special Commission to Investigate the Situation of the Brazilian Yanomami in 1990-91. 2. Author’s Assumptions: Napoleon Chagnon’s actions during his fieldwork with the Yanomami Indians led to conflict between different groups of the tribe. Chagnon also wrote and published false statements that led to readers’ misguided beliefs about the Yanomami. Lastly, Chagnon conducted his research in a harmful and disruptive manner. 3. Methods and Data: Turner’s method is that of argumentation. He systematically lists the actions performed by Chagnon during his fieldwork as well as false data he recorded, and proceeds to describe the mistakes Chagnon made in his actions or records. Turner primarily refers to excerpts from Patrick Tierney’s book Darkness in El Dorado
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