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Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  5 reviews
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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Simon
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
A great summary of the current attempts by the US military to appropriate the skills, methods and theories of anthropology, and of the sometimes flawed reactions to these moves from within the discipline. An important book.
Lukáš
Jan 21, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Blake
Jul 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Important information presented in a somewhat dry read riddled with typos, yet nonetheless compelling for its insights and points of concern regarding the American military and its relationship to the human sciences.
Tim
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A little repetitive, especially in the later chapters, but it (or at least portions of it) should be required reading for any kind of anthropology graduate training.
Stephen Aberle
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, history
An excellent compendium of information and analysis. Could have used more proofreading.
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