Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency

Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency

by John D. Kelly
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226429946

ISBN-13: 9780226429946

Pub. Date: 04/01/2010

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226429946
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
647,571
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Culture, Counterinsurgency, Conscience John D. Kelly Beatrice Jauregui Sean T. Mitchell Jeremy Walton 1

Section 1 Categories of Conflict and Coercion: The Blue in Green and the Other Beatrice Jauregui 17

1 Bluing Green in the Maldives: Countering Citizen Insurgency by "Civil"-izing National Security Beatrice Jauregui 23

2 Phantom Power: Notes on Provisionality in Haiti Greg Beckett 39

3 The Categorization of People as Targets of Violence: A Perspective on the Colombian Armed Conflict Paola Castaño 53

4 Seeing Red: Mao Fetishism, Pax Americana, and the Moral Economy of War John D. Kelly 67

Section 2 Ethnographic Experiences of American Power in the Age of the War on Terror Jeremy Walton Sean T. Mitchell 85

5 Paranoid Styles of Nationalism after the Cold War: Notes from an Invasion of the Amazon Sean T. Mitchell 89

6 Hungry Wolves, Inclement Storms: Commodified Fantasies of American Imperial Power in Contemporary Turkey Jeremy Walton 105

7 Rwandan Rebels and U.S. Federal Prosecutors: American Power, Violence, and the Pursuit of Justice in the Age of the War on Terror Elizabeth Garland 117

8 Weapons, Passports, and News: Palestinian Perceptions of U.S. Power as a Mediator of War Amahl Bishara 125

9 The Cold War Present: The Logic of Defense Time Mihir Pandya 137

Section 3 Counterinsurgency, Past and Present: Precedents to the Manual Jeremy Walton Beatrice Jauregui 149

10 The Uses of Anthropology in the Insurgent Age Dustin M. Wax 153

11 Small Wars and Counterinsurgency James L. Hevia 169

12 Repetition Compulsion? Counterinsurgency Bravado in Iraq and Vietnam Kurt Jacobsen 179

13 Counterinsurgency, The Spook, and Blowback Joseph Masco 193

Section 4 The U.S. Military and U.S. Anthropology Sean T. Mitchell John D. Kelly 209

14 An Anthropologist among the Soldiers: Notes from the Field Marcus B. Griffin 215

15 Indirect Rule and Embedded Anthropology: Practical, Theoretical, and Ethical Concerns Roberto J. González 231

16 Soft Power, Hard Power, and the Anthropological "Leveraging" of Cultural "Assets": Distilling the Politics and Ethics of Anthropological Counterinsurgency David H. Price 245

17 Yes, Both, Absolutely: A Personal and Professional Commentary on Anthropological Engagement with Military and Intelligence Organizations Kerry Fosher 261

Section 5 Constructions and Destructions of Conscience John D. Kelly 273

18 The Cultural Turn in the War on Terror Hugh Gusterson 279

19 Cultural Sensitivity in a Military Occupation: The U.S. Military in Iraq Rochelle Davis Dahlia El Zein Dena Takruri 297

20 The "Bad" Kill: A Short Case Study in American Counterinsurgency Jeffrey Bennett 311

21 The Destruction of Conscience and the Winter Soldier Kevin Caffrey 327

22 No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy: History, Memory, and the Conscience of a Marine Christopher T. Nelson 343

Reference List 355

List of Contributors 381

Index 385

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