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Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

Volume 27, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2007

Todd David Whitmore
Pages 273-294

Crossing the Road
The Case for Ethnographic Fieldwork in Christian Ethics

CHRISTIAN ETHICS IS VIRTUALLY DEVOID OF ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELDWORK. Many Christian ethicists practice "veranda ethics": They write from a vast social remove from the issues they address, like poverty and war, as observers. Fieldwork, as illustrated by casework in Northern Uganda, provides a way to overcome this remove.

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