Practicing Military Anthropology: Beyond Expectations and Traditional Boundaries (Hardback)
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Practicing Military Anthropology: Beyond Expectations and Traditional Boundaries (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 30/11/2012
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The relationship between anthropologists and the United States military has commanded a lot of attention, especially in regard to the controversial Human Terrains System (HTS) that embeds anthropologists in military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Conversations at professional meetings, in the pages of disciplinary journals and in books have been heated and frequently harshly polemical with some participants branding military anthropologists as war criminals.

In this book, a number of anthropologists who have either worked with the US armed forces or who teach at military service academies reflect on what they do and teach in their military anthropologist personae. Through their personal accounts they show that the practice of military anthropology is much more than HTS and that they are more than mere "technicians of the state" as critics allege. Revealed here are thoughtful and moving essays that deal with issues of ethics, morality and professional decorum. Whether one agrees with these accounts or not, they do show that the linkage of anthropology with the military is complex and multi-faceted and that frank and open exchanges of ideas for dealing with the relationship of military anthropology to the wider discipline.

Essential reading for those considering anthropology as a career, those concerned about the relationship of the academy to the military and for those seeking to fathom transformations in our lives following 9/11 and the ongoing "war against terror."|The relationship between anthropologists and the United States military has commanded a lot of attention, especially in regard to the controversial Human Terrains System (HTS) that embeds anthropologists in military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Conversations at professional meetings, in the pages of disciplinary journals and in books have been heated and frequently harshly polemical with some participants branding military anthropologists as war criminals.

In this book, a number of anthropologists who have either worked with the US armed forces or who teach at military service academies reflect on what they do and teach in their military anthropologist personae. Through their personal accounts they show that the practice of military anthropology is much more than HTS and that they are more than mere "technicians of the state" as critics allege. Revealed here are thoughtful and moving essays that deal with issues of ethics, morality and professional decorum. Whether one agrees with these accounts or not, they do show that the linkage of anthropology with the military is complex and multi-faceted and that frank and open exchanges of ideas for dealing with the relationship of military anthropology to the wider discipline.

Essential reading for those considering anthropology as a career, those concerned about the relationship of the academy to the military and for those seeking to fathom transformations in our lives following 9/11 and the ongoing "war against terror."

Publisher: Kumarian Press
ISBN: 9781565495487
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm

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