Book ID: CBB603109839

Cold War Anthropology: The CIA, the Pentagon, and the Growth of Dual Use Anthropology (2016)


Price, David H. (Author)

Duke University Press

Publication Date: 2016
Physical Details: 489
Language: English

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.

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Authors & Contributors
Price, David H.
Green, Christopher D.
McCoy, Alfred W.
Doel, Ronald E.
Graham, Thomas
Hansen, Keith A.
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Diplomatic History
Duke University Press
The MIT Press
University of Washington Press
Carocci Editore
Cold War
Science and war; science and the military
Science and society
Science and politics
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
Kinsey, Alfred C.
McCoy, Alfred W.
Milgram, Stanley
Supek, Ivan
Kalašnikov, Mihail Timofeevič
Rosenfeld, Arthur H.
United States
Soviet Union
20th century, late
20th century
21st century
United States. Central Intelligence Agency
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Cornell University

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