Kritisk Kompleksitet: Refleksioner om forholdet mellem kritik og etik i antropologisk forskning

Translated title of the contribution: Critical Complexity: Reflections on the relationship between critique and ethics in anthropological research

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Abstract

The chapter draws on fieldwork among roboticists in Japan to explore the intersection of critique, ethics and complexity in anthropological research. I introduce a moment where I confronted a roboticists with a critical comment on the complexity-reducing techniques that drive the development of social robots. The moment is used as to anchor a discussion of some epistemological and ethical tensions that emerge between descriptive complexity and normative critique. I point out how critique and complexity become entangled and aligned when anthropologists "study up," with consequences for relations with informants and analytical creativity. Instead, I propose keeping the tension alive as the driving force behind humanistic research ethics in anthropological form.
Translated title of the contributionCritical Complexity: Reflections on the relationship between critique and ethics in anthropological research
Original languageDanish
Title of host publicationEtiske Øjeblikke i Humanistisk Forskning
Publication statusSubmitted - 2023

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