[URBANTH-L]Survey on Sharing Research Results

Matthew Cooper cooper at mcmaster.ca
Thu Jan 4 11:40:28 EST 2007

Apologies for multiple postings!





Cultural anthropologists: have you shared results of your research with
participants in your projects? Or, for whatever reasons, have you not
done so?


I am asking for your assistance in a project looking at the sharing of
research results (data, other materials, interpretations, publications,
etc.) with participants. The project is intended to further discussion
of this issue by gathering data from sociocultural anthropologists on
their practices, experience and views. Examples of sharing might include
returning interview transcripts to interviewees, making oral
presentations, sharing publications, informal discussions with
collaborators, focus group discussions, depositing materials in an
archive, participants reading publications without having been given
them, and/or learning about the research through media reports. [The
latter two, of course, are not sharing, strictly speaking.] The study is
aimed primarily at research undertaken for academic purposes (which, of
course, includes some applied research).


Repatriation of cultural property and skeletal material has become a
major issue for archaeologists and physical anthropologists. A large
literature has developed on the topic in these subfields. However, there
has been little general discussion of similar issues among sociocultural
anthropologists. The two major exceptions to this generalization, aside
from the literature on participatory action research, are the edited
books by Caroline Brettell (When They Read What We Write: The Politics
of Ethnography, 1996) and Sjoerd Jaarsma (Handle with Care: Ownership
and Control of Ethnographic Material, 2002).


To participate in the survey, please go to

where you will find a brief anonymous questionnaire. The survey can be
started at one time and then completed at another time, if you so
choose. Responses will not be linked to your IP address and will be kept
confidential.  I will attempt to disguise any information provided by
you in the open-ended questions that might make it possible for you to
be identified in any publications or presentations based on this survey.





Thanks in advance for your help!


Matthew Cooper

Professor of Anthropology

Department of Anthropology

McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4L9


If you have received multiple copies of this announcement, please accept
my apologies. In an attempt to reach as many cultural anthropologists as
possible, I have posted it to a number of lists, which may have
overlapping memberships.

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