The Complex Relationship Between Anthropology And The So Called ' War On Terror '

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In this paper, I will critically analyze the complex relationship between anthropology and the so-called ‘War on Terror’ by emphasizing the consequences it has and it might have for the discipline. The recognition that anthropology’s methods and skills are especially in demand in wartime has once more posed the discipline in a central place within the social sciences which having anthropologists working for the military is a conflict of interest.
Should Anthropologist Study Terrorism?
In 2007, the American Anthropological Association called the Army’s effort to embed social scientists with combat units “an unacceptable application of anthropological expertise,” citing a moral conflict between studying groups of Iraqis or Afghans and advising troops who might end up killing them (Whitney Kassel: 1). The United States is at war, the existing cultural divide between the intelligence community, the U.S. military and academia has become a critical, dangerous, and detriment to our national security at home and abroad. Involvement of anthropologists with the military apparatus during the main wars of the last century is undeniable, social sciences in general and anthropology in particular had an important role to play in the national and international politics of the USA. Not surprisingly, USA intelligence agencies became the main funding bodies of leading social science projects. (Christian Caryl: 1).
I think it’s important that anthropologists study cultures, focusing on…

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