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July 15, 2015


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"Professor Goffman, were you lying then, or are you lying now?"


If she withheld the anecdote about the drive by incident from her dissertation committee I think that should be grounds for Princeton to review the process and consider a revocation of the degree.

Another damn sociologist

I liked the article and appreciate the work you're doing, but I'm not sure why you continue to hold Sudhir Venkatesh up as a standard for ethnographers to follow. His work is plagued by the same kinds of inconsistencies across retellings, he used deception to gain access to his subjects (his primary subject believed Venkatesh was writing a biography of him specifically), by his own admission some of his subjects got hurt after he reported their activities to gang leaders, he was accused of embezzling money from Columbia, has declined to get IRB approval for recent projects ( AND has been accused of manufacturing data by the community of NYC sex workers who were the subject of his last major study (


Where are all the regulars, who opine on every aspect of the ethics of research and traffic in organs, on the Planned Parenthood revelations?

Or, are all the revealed facts simply deemed fictions, because these facts don't comport with a preconceived notion of political motivation? Is it ethical to remain silent?

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While I agree that it is somewhat disappointing that there does not seem to have been a larger conversation about ethnography and ethics more broadly, I think the lack of commentary on this particular post may be due more to the fact that Goffman's book has already been discussed at length on this website than to some conspiracy of silence.

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