More Publications on Anthropology & Counterinsurgency

Perhaps it would be best if I avoided any more discussion of the work of anthropologists in counterinsurgency programs, especially when I see opening lines like this one: “To wage war, become an anthropologist.” The reason I say that is that I am not keen about either domination or resistance, about either passive or active… Read More More Publications on Anthropology & Counterinsurgency

Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency: Paper Abstracts

Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency is the title of a very interesting conference that is about to take place at the University of Chicago. It will be extremely disappointing if the conference organizers and/or participants decide not to make their papers available on the Web, given both the timeliness of the conference and the fact that… Read More Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency: Paper Abstracts

If we reject the dogs of war then surely we will not accommodate their fleas

I have been reflecting back on some of the muddy double-speak to be found in the late parts of the blog of the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association, and I mean specifically on the part of those scrambling and labouring to concoct tortured little twists of an argument in the elusive hope of redeeming… Read More If we reject the dogs of war then surely we will not accommodate their fleas

Of Mirror Images, Fanatics, and Cartoon Characters: Militarizing Anthropology

It struck me, while reviewing the patterns I found in postings to the AAA Executive Board’s blog on the statement condemning anthropological support for counterinsurgency, as well as the comments section of the Inside Higher Ed piece titled, “Questions, Anger and Dissent on Ethics Study” (Nov. 30, 2007), that those opposing our criticisms have found… Read More Of Mirror Images, Fanatics, and Cartoon Characters: Militarizing Anthropology