Friday, October 5, 2007

Anthropology and War: Don't Let Them Recruit You!

This is not visual anthropology or Japan related per se, rather it is another disturbing terror-related post illustrating anthropology's return to its colonization-related roots. The following New York Times article from October, 5, 2007 is being widely distributed in anthropological circles.

Army Enlists Anthropology in War Zones

In an experimental Pentagon program, a Human Terrain Team pairs anthropologists and other social scientists with American combat units in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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I have lectured many times how anthropology has evolved and developed from its colonial roots. I admit that I have a very idealistic understanding about this discipline and its potential for humanity. Anthropology should be used to prevent wars, not make them more effective through understandings of the enemy and/or management of occupied peoples. Please don't emulate such militaristic "research" methods. Don't let the military appropriate anthropology as part of their ill conceived war on terror.

It might be a good idea for some to review the American Anthropological Association's Code of Ethics...

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