Militarizing the Social Sciences: Tom Burghardt

“Militarizing the Social Sciences” is a very effective overview essay written by Tom Burghardt of Antifascist Calling, and published by Global Research.ca on August 6, 2008. Burghardt covers the Minerva Research Initiative and the Human Terrain System, placing these within the context of a fairly well established tradition of coopting social sciences for national security […]

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Wired: Anthropologists Launch ‘Human Terrain’ Probe

This report in WIRED titled, “Anthropologists Launch ‘Human Terrain’ Probe” by David Axe was just published today. According to the reporter, “The American Anthropological Association, which represents some 10,000 social scientists, has launched a formal study of the Army’s controversial, year-old ‘Human Terrain System,’ which embeds civilian anthropologists in combat units in Iraq and Afghanistan.” […]

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Human Terrain System: Video on YouTube

CultureTube has produced a video shown on YouTube (added in December of 2007) that deals with the subject of research ethics and anthropologists in the Human Terrain System. The video as a whole makes several important, critical points, which have met with harsh reactions by some viewers (less than 2000 at present) . It does […]

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HTS Researcher Killed in Afghanistan

Despite my repeated criticisms of the Human Terrain Systems work that involves social scientists, anthropologists included, in counterinsurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan, I am linking to this news merely for the record. Some of my criticisms were also posted in the AAA news blog. I neither wish to cheer this death, nor to indulge in […]

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“Anthropologists on the Front Lines”

More damage done to the reputation of American, and perhaps all other anthropology, as news of anthropological support for American “pacification” efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan continues to gain attention in now almost all of the main US and international media. The latest, from TIME Magazine: Academic conferences tend to be fairly sedate affairs, at […]

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Open Letter to Richard Shweder

November 11, 2007 Dear Professor Shweder, The op-ed page of the New York Times is one of the loudest megaphones in American intellectual life. Those who are privileged to use it have an obligation to do so with care. Your recent op-ed (“A True Culture War“) contained serious omissions and mischaracterizations in its depiction of […]

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