Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency

Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency


Edited by John D. Kelly, Edited by Beatrice Jauregui, Edited by Sean T. Mitchell, Edited by Jeremy Walton

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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Format: Paperback | 408 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 25mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 23 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0226429946
  • ISBN 13: 9780226429946
  • Illustrations note: 5 halftones, 3 tables
  • Sales rank: 943,180

Product description

Global events of the early twenty-first century have placed new stress on the relationship among anthropology, governance, and war. Facing prolonged insurgency, segments of the U.S. military have taken a new interest in anthropology, prompting intense ethical and scholarly debate. Inspired by these issues, the essays in "Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency" consider how anthropologists can, should, and do respond to military overtures, and they articulate anthropological perspectives on global war and power relations. This book investigates the shifting boundaries between military and civil state violence; perceptions and effects of American power around the globe; the history of counterinsurgency doctrine and practice; and, debate over culture, knowledge, and conscience in counterinsurgency. These wide-ranging essays shed new light on the fraught world of Pax Americana and on the ethical and political dilemmas faced by anthropologists and military personnel alike when attempting to understand and intervene in our world.

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Author information

John D. Kelly is professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago. Beatrice Jauregui is visiting fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of India. Sean T. Mitchell is visiting assistant professor of anthropology at Vanderbilt University. Jeremy Walton is assistant professor of religion at New York University.

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"This extensive compendium of critical ideas, information, and narrative accounts makes for an absorbing reading experience. Beyond its cogency for present debates, it might well serve as a historical marker for future researchers, likely to become as important as an expression of a certain epoch of anthropological relevance to events as Reinventing Anthropology has been in the context of the 1960s." - George Marcus, University of California, Irvine"