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Human Terrain System: En kartläggning av debatten kring vetenskapsetik
Swedish National Defence College.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Human Terrain System : A survey of the debate on science ehtics (English)
Abstract [sv]

Antropologer anställs idag av amerikanska försvarsmakten inom Human Terrain System. Denna enhet skall med sin expertiskunskap leverera socio-kulturell data till militära beslutsfattare på högre nivåer. Detta har i USA vållat stor debatt, främst vad gäller den vetenskapsetiska aspekten av projektet. Kritiker till HTS menar att det strider emot vetenskapsetiska riktlinjer och god vetenskaplig sed att bedriva forskning på människor där risk föreligger att de kan komma till skada. Syftet bakom uppsatsen är att kartlägga debatten för att se hur denna har förts mellan debattörerna.

Debatten har analyserats utifrån artiklar, internetmaterial, samt litterära källor. En pro et contra analys har genomförts och därefter förs en diskussion kring debatten och vilken karaktär argumenten har.

Uppsatsen visar på att debatten utifrån valt material, håller god kvalité vad gäller saklighet, hållbarhet och relevans. Den visar även att en god ton hålls mellan debattörerna debatten igenom.

Abstract [en]

Anthropologists are currently being employed by U.S. armed forces in the Human Terrain System. This unit is able to deliver expertise knowledge regarding socio-cultural data in combat theatres to military decision-makers at the battalion-division level. This has caused much debate in the U.S, particularly regarding the ethical aspects of science projects. Critics of the HTS believes that it is against science ethical guidelines and good scientific practice to conduct research on humans in which there is a risk that they may be harmed. The purpose behind this paper is to identify the debate to see how the debate has taken place between the opinion-makers in this debate.The debate has been analyzed on the basis of articles, Internet materials, and literary sources.

A pro et contra analysis has been carried out and followed by a discussion of the debate regarding the nature and character of the debate and the arguments.

This paper shows that the debate based on selected materials, good workmanship is of fairness, sustainability and relevance. It also demonstrates that a high professional level is being held between the debaters throughout the debate.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 72 p.
Keyword [en]
Human Terrain System, Debate, Anthropology, Ethics
Keyword [sv]
Human Terrain System, Debatt, Antropologi, Etik
National Category
Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-844OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-844DiVA: diva2:332412
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05 Last updated: 2010-08-05Bibliographically approved

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