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Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency
Author: John D. Kelly

ISBN: 9780226429946
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1 April 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.8
Description:
Recent global events have placed new stress on the relationship among anthropology, governance, and war as, facing prolonged insurgency, segments of the U.S. military have taken a new interest in the discipline. 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 debates over culture, knowledge, and conscience in counterinsurgency. These wide-ranging essays shed new light on the fraught world of Pax American and on the ethical and political dilemmas faced by anthropologists and military personnel alike when attempting to understanding and intervention in our world.

"When U.S. counterinsurgency strategy took a 'cultural turn,' it incited another form of resistance in addition to those it was already fighting, namely from anthropol...

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