Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State by David H. Price. Gretchen Schafft. American University. The ongoing battle for hearts and minds in Iraq and Afghanistan is a military strategy inspired originally by efforts at domestic social control and. Most of us are familiar with anthropology's deadly origin and history as the research arm of the colonial empires and, knowingly or not, contributing to the.

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[EPUB] Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State by David H. Price. Book file PDF easily for everyone and every device. A link to download this digital book in PDF format will be provided with your order Weaponizing Anthropology documents how anthropological knowledge and. Weaponizing Anthropology political and ethical critiques of a new generation of Praise for David Price's Weaponizing Anthropology "Even before he published .

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Here the Human Terrain program is seen as merely a tool in the global war on terror, with mainstream US media acting as "cheerleaders for the program" In the process, ethical research standards as we have come to know them no longer exist.

Torture has been accepted by the powerful as they set out to defend Western liberal democracy, but also, it seems, as a tool in the very production of ethnographic data.

In the war-zone, the Human Terrain proponents say, the anthropologist has to finish his interview within no more than seven minutes, before sniper attacks can be expected. Price exposes real ethical and political consequences for anthropology, and in his critical assessment he revisits well-known anthropological debates.

Even if the colonial legacy in anthropology has been discussed endlessly, Price's work proves this to be perhaps more important than ever.

But such a program is not only ethically indefensible and politically questionable. It is also epistemologically faulty, as Price shows, because it is an anthropological program that "creates something misshapenly Frankenstinean" Does this not put us in a situation of exploitation?

As much as I would like to believe the conjecture that anthropology at one moment in their history broke from Colonialism, I just do not see it. Was it between the moment we worked for the British Empire and WWII or later, before we helped develop counterinsurgency methods to be used in Vietnam? Following that, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The goal of these funding opportunities is to recruit future intelligence operatives and HTT members. Just as worrisome is the fact that NSEP scholarships come with mandatory work within a national security institution attached to it.

There is some sympathy voiced by Price for accepting such funding, especially in an atmosphere of educational funding cutbacks. The production of knowledge in the university has been altered by the intrusion of the military in such processes and is becoming normalized if not outright accepted.

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And, this situation is unfortunately not unique to the University of Washington. This is a threat to academic freedom and the pursuit of knowledge everywhere. It also funnels knowledge production in a manner which leads to a very specific sort of knowledge being constructed, which is very damaging to the institution of knowledge itself perhaps best described in a word: university and interestingly enough the military as well.

Price attributes these changes to a culture of silence, which may be unfair considering the lack of attention garnered by academics from politicians, the media and the general public. Yet, being more public may be just the solution we are looking for, regardless of how the shortcomings of those before us may paint a different picture.


Anthropologists are recruited into HTT for targeting and intelligence gathering. Something our methods and skill-set are particularly suited for according to the military. Which sounds reasonable and convincing, except that all anthropological methods employed by the military are skewed and distorted for alternate means.

However a manual was produced from anthropology to make such judgment-laden appraisals is beyond me. But Price sheds light on the misuse of years of anthropological research and theorization in his presentation and assessment of the COIN Manual.

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Price shows how the manual is geared towards social engineering, stereotyping and population control rather than anthropological understanding. As well, those anthropologists who are employed on HTT are usually of the less qualified variety. While those who do question the party line and demand answers for unethical methods, are summarily silenced or expulsed.

In the wake of some form of backlash from academics the military has even divined to establish their own education centers to produce their own social engineers of future wars, effectively bypassing any academic roadblock which may have prevented their hegemonic efficacy. Can the military be infiltrated and affected from within?

Weaponizing Anthropology is a brilliant analysis of not only how the social sciences are increasingly becoming an integral part of the warfare state but also how knowledge and culture are subject to new modes of militarization, organized in multiple new ways for the production of state violence.

This may be one of the most important books written inthe last few decades on the merging of the military and intelligence agencies with the academy. Beautifully written and rigorously argued, Weaponizing Anthropology is a must read for students, educators, and anyone else concerned about the fate of the academy, the corruption of anthropology, the militarization of politics, and the future of democracy.

Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex "Just about any undergraduate anthropology course is likely to begin with a ritual denunciation of early anthropology as a colonialist project, implying that anything written before, say, was hopelessly corrupted by its entanglement in racism, imperialism, and genocide.

It's always said in such a way so as imply that obviously, this is no longer the case. This excellent, timely, and beautifully researched work demonstrates just how wrong and self-serving this standard account really is.

Anthropology was always a field of political struggle between servants and opponents of imperialism and it still is—with much of our funding, employment, and research direction still coming directly from the CIA and US military. No one genuinely concerned with the integrity of the discipline can afford to ignore this important book.

Price has been a determined—if sometimes lonely—voice highlighting the risks of anthropological collaboration, both covert and overt, with military and intelligence agencies. Price is partially motivated by frustration at what he sees as the silences surrounding military involvements, and how a lack of institutional and disciplinary memory has political consequences, most vividly seen in the increasingly open role played by anthropologists in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He maps in topographic detail how deeply the CIA and other intelligence agencies have infiltrated American campuses, recruiting students, administrators and academics to work for the dark side.The program also provides training for deploying personnel, reachback analysis, and software tools developed by HTS to support socio-cultural analysis. The conversation turned quite heated and many were frustrated by what seemed like running against a brick wall.

Anthropology is poorer than the military in every material sense of the word; the army has the budget and funding of many small countries.

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Weaponizing Anthropology a concise and profound critique of the rapid transformation of American social science into an appendage of the National Security State.

As Price shows beyond any doubt, their ambitions are intellectually soiled, representing a kind of anthropology that without self-insight is a bad version of the obsolete cataloguing exercises of George Peter Murdock and the like-minded. As Price shows beyond any doubt, their ambitions are intellectually soiled, representing a kind of anthropology that without self-insight is a bad version of the obsolete cataloguing exercises of George Peter Murdock and the like-minded.

People who make themselves legible might not necessarily be friendly, but those who attempt to make themselves illegible are almost certainly enemies. If we have no knowledge of the military, on what will our revolution be based our?