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Militainment: Militarized Romance that Kills

September 11, 2014 by

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The following is a series of extracts from Laura Powell’s chapter, “Glorification of the Military in Popular Culture and the Media,” published in Good Intentions: Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism (Montreal: Alert Press, 2014), pp. 167-184: Overview: Laura Powell argues that while our military members are generally perceived as heroes, this romanticized perception of […]

Encircling Empire: Report #19—Militainment

January 2, 2013 by


Encircling Empire Reports is a selection of essays, blog posts, and news reports covering a given time period, providing links and representative extracts or key passages from each resource, usually focusing on certain countries/continents and/or processes in each report. The focus of the reports ranges from imperialism discussed in broad strokes, to specific facets of […]

Hortense Powdermaker and the Mechanized Mind: The Problem of Method and the Prizing of Know-How

January 15, 2011 by


An establishment anthropologist, and a renegade–Hortense Powdermaker (bio1, bio2, bio3, bio4, bio5) worked on some unique projects that differed from the anthropological standard of her time (especially given her training by Malinowski, and the dominant influences of Radcliffe-Brown and Evans-Pritchard), and that differ from some of the standards even of our time, though her work […]

Militainment: U.S. Military Propaganda in the News Media, Hollywood, and Video Games

June 13, 2010 by


“Propaganda is at its most effective when the audience does not know it is being manipulated and one of the best, glitziest examples of that is when propaganda is delivered on the big screen in the guise of a Hollywood blockbuster.”–The Listening Post, 12 June 2010 Al Jazeera’s The Listening Post had an excellent review […]

The Ethnographic Adventure of a “Rogue Sociologist”: Gang Leader for a Day goes Hollywood

June 11, 2008 by

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Thanks to “Anthroman” (also known as Dr. John L. Jackson, Jr., an anthropology professor and filmmaker, not to mention blogger) for his article in The Root, “Hustle and Show.” The article is about a book by Sudhir Venkatesh, co-author of Freakonomics, titled Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets, which […]


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