Weaponizing Anthropology


A critique of the rapid transformation of the American social sciences into an appendage of the National Security State

By David Price

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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 foreign populations. David H. Price outlines the ethical implications of appropriating this traditional academic discourse for use by embedded, militarized research teams.

Published by CounterPunch and AK Press 2011.  219 pages.

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