Ty Sympson: Weaponizing Anthropology

07 Other Atrocities, Corruption, IO Deeds of War, Military
Ty Simpson
Ty Simpson

2011 book, 2014 course, still relevant.

New Directions in Anthropological Research

Category Archives: WEAPONIZING ANTHROPOLOGY

Offers syllabus, discussion agenda, and multiple reviews of the book.

Amazon Page
Amazon Page

David Price’s work, Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State (2011), is a social science critique on American military culture, the Military Industrial Complex, America’s past military occupations and the current occupation in the middle east, and the coercion and appropriation of anthropology, anthropologists, and anthropological knowledge and technique to wage these wars. To capture the relationship between the military, anthropology, and the (battle)field, Price discusses the presence of the intelligence organization in the academy to recruit, surveil, and gather data; the use of anthropological scholarship to understand and target insurgents; the role anthropologists play in constituting and animating Human Terrain Systems; and the political and ethical dilemmas faced by anthropologists and the discipline at large.