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Cold War Anthropology: The CIA, Pentagon, and the Growth of Dual-Use Anthropology

David H. Price
Format
Book; Computer Resource; Manuscript/Archive; Online; EBook
Published
London : Knowledge Unlatched, c2016.
Durham, N.C., : Duke University Press, c2016.
Language
English
Variant Title
Cold War Anthropology, The CIA, Pentagon, and the Growth of Dual-Use Anthropology
ISBN
9780822374381 (e-ISBN), 9780822361251 (pbk-ISBN), 9780822361060 (print-ISBN)
Abstract
In a wide-ranging and in-depth study of the recent history of anthropology, David Price offers a provocative account of the ways anthropology has been influenced by U.S. imperial projects around the world, and by CIA funding in particular. DUAL USE ANTHROPOLOGY is the third in Price’s trilogy on the history of the discipline of anthropology and its tangled relationship with the American military complex. He argues that anthropologists’ interactions with Cold War military and intelligence agencies shaped mid-century American anthropology and that governmental and private funding of anthropological research programs connected witting and unwitting anthropologists with research of interest to military and intelligence agencies. Price gives careful accounts of CIA interactions with the American Anthropological Association (AAA), the development of post-war area studies programs, and new governmental funding programs articulated with Cold War projects. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, American anthropologists became increasingly critical of anthropologists’ collaborations with military and intelligence agencies, particularly when these interactions contributed to counterinsurgency projects. Awareness of these uses of anthropology led to several public clashes within the AAA, and to the development of the Association’s first ethics code. Price compares this history of anthropological knowledge being used by military and intelligence agencies during the Cold War to post-9/11 projects.
A thoroughly researched account of how the CIA influenced and employed anthropological research from the Cold War through Vietnam. This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.
Contents
  • Cold War political-economic disciplinary formations
  • Political economy and history of American Cold War intelligence
  • World War II long shadow
  • Rebooting professional anthropology in the postwar world
  • After the shooting war: centers, committees, seminars, and other Cold War projects
  • Anthropologists and state: aid, debt, and other Cold War weapons of the strong intermezzo
  • Anthropologists' articulations with the National Security State
  • Cold War anthropologists at the CIA: careers confirmed and suspected
  • How CIA funding fronts shaped anthropological research
  • Unwitting CIA anthropologist collaborators: MK-Ultra, human ecology, and buying a piece of anthropology
  • Cold War fieldwork within the intelligence universe
  • Cold War anthropological counterinsurgency dreams
  • The AAA confronts military and intelligence uses of disciplinary knowledge
  • Anthropologically informed counterinsurgency in Southeast Asia
  • Anthropologists for radical political action and revolution within the AAA
  • Untangling open secrets, hidden histories, outrage denied, and recurrent dual use themes.
Description
1 online resource (472 pages) : illustrations, figures, tables.
Mode of access: Internet.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Other Forms
Also issued in print and PDF version.
Terms of Use
CC BY-NC-ND.
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