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Anthropology at war

April 21, 2009

from BBC Radio 4 website

Mark Whitaker reports from Washington DC on the recent policy of the United States army to embed anthropologists and other social scientists with combat brigades in Iraq and Afghanistan. The hope is that they will teach the military to behave in more ‘culturally appropriate’ ways and reduce the need for lethal force. However, three young academics have died during the 18 months that the policy has been operation, and the American Anthropological Association has condemned the initiative as unethical. A Square Dog production for BBC Radio 4.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. angela permalink
    May 1, 2009 9:15 am

    thanks for that link, john. do you happen to know if there is any british anthropologists involved in this, or something alike such as investigations of the troops? angela

    • May 1, 2009 11:15 am

      I’m not too sure, Angela, but you may want to check the ASA (Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK) blog as I believe they’ve been following this issue.

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