Cold War Anthropology
Cold War Anthropology
The CIA, the Pentagon, and the Growth of Dual Use Anthropology
David H. Price

In Cold War Anthropology, David H. Price offers a provocative account of the profound influence that the American security state has had on the field of anthropology since the Second World War. Using a wealth of information unearthed in CIA, FBI, and military records, he maps out the intricate connections between academia and the intelligence community and the strategic use of anthropological research to further the goals of the American military complex. The rise of area studies programs, funded both openly and covertly by government agencies, encouraged anthropologists to produce work that had intellectual value within the field while also shaping global counterinsurgency and development programs that furthered America's Cold War objectives. Ultimately, the moral issues raised by these activities prompted the American Anthropological Association to establish its first ethics code. Price concludes by comparing Cold War-era anthropology to the anthropological expertise deployed by the military in the post-9/11 era.

Title Cold War Anthropology
Subtitle The CIA, the Pentagon, and the Growth of Dual Use Anthropology
Author David H. Price
Publisher Duke University Press
Title First Published 28 March 2016
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 488 p.
ISBN-10 0822361256
ISBN-13 9780822361251
Publication Date 28 March 2016
Main content page count 488
Weight 16 oz.

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