Moral of politics and anthropology of power's relationships in Pernambuco

Jorge Mattar Villela About the author

The article intends to produce a reflection on the problems faced by anthropologists (and professional peers) when it comes to taking the theme of research topics, activities, actions and words that reach deep into our moral system. What to do when we study people considered criminal in our world? What to do when we study key issues such as science, democracy, justice, human rights? With the help of an ethnographic circumstance in which representatives of electoral justice clash with habitual users of representative democracy, I tried to show the difficulties of understanding these two sets and the complexity of the situation in which two parties enter into a communication without fully understanding the other language. Both, however, seem to feed two trusts: to understanding the language of the speaker and the superiority of their own. The general idea of the article is that this feature ethnographic can make us give up so much of absolutism and moral relativism.

Anthropology; Ethnography; Moral; Politics; Power


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