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Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State
The ongoing battle for hearts and minds in Iraq and Afghanistan is a military strategy inspired originally by efforts at domestic social control and counterinsurgency in the United States. Weaponizing Anthropology documents how anthropological knowledge and ethnographic methods are harnessed by military and intelligence agencies in post-9/11 America to placate hostile fore ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by AK Press
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Price's is a readable, well-documented and necessarily critical documentation of a number of instances where the object of 'culture' becomes taken up by the predominantly US military machinery. This involves a set of critiques of various pseudo-academic programs increasing military's presence on the campus, but also its ways of trying to recruit anthropologists particularly and human scientists generally for its own objectives. Price gives detailed critiques of the Counterinsurgency Field Manual ...more