Cerwonka and Malkki situate ethics as a key frame for their book project highlighting the pragmatic challenges and choices characteristic of fieldwork as they intersect with ethical issues (e.g., “Am I somehow misleading my informants?”). This echoes the "everyday" relational ethics that Aellah et al. also seek to shed more light on through their training manual.
Cerwonka writes: “More important, good social research clearly demands a highly developed, ceaseless, daily engagement with ethics as a process—an engagement that far exceeds the requirements of currently existing “ethics committees” and “human-subjects protocols” on university campuses. It is increasingly clear that the conventional understanding of ethics as a code—rather than as a process, as we see it here—needs to be critically examined.” (page 4)