Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency by John D. KellyAnthropology and Global Counterinsurgency by John D. Kelly

Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency

EditorJohn D. Kelly

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Global events of the early twenty-first century have placed new stress on the relationship among anthropology, governance, and war. Facing prolonged insurgency, segments of the U.S. military have taken a new interest in anthropology, prompting intense ethical and scholarly debate. Inspired by these issues, the essays in Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency consider how anthropologists can, should, and do respond to military overtures, and they articulate anthropological perspectives on global war and power relations.

This book investigates the shifting boundaries between military and civil state violence; perceptions and effects of American power around the globe; the history of counterinsurgency doctrine and practice; and debate over culture, knowledge, and conscience in counterinsurgency. These wide-ranging essays shed new light on the fraught world of Pax Americana and on the ethical and political dilemmas faced by anthropologists and military personnel alike when attempting to understand and intervene in our world.

John D. Kelly is professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago. Beatrice Jauregui is visiting fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of India. Sean T. Mitchell is assistant professor of anthropology at Rutgers University. Jeremy Walton is assistant professor of religion at New York University.
Title:Anthropology and Global CounterinsurgencyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:April 1, 2010Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Culture, Counterinsurgency, Conscience

: : John D. Kelly, Beatrice Jauregui, Sean T. Mitchell, and Jeremy Walton


Categories of Conflict and Coercion: The Blue in Green and the Other

: : Beatrice Jauregui

1 Bluing Green in the Maldives: Countering Citizen Insurgency by "Civil"-izing National Security

: : Beatrice Jauregui

2 Phantom Power: Notes on Provisionality in Haiti

: : Greg Beckett

3 The Categorization of People as Targets of Violence: A Perspective on the Colombian Armed Conflict

: : Paola Castaño

4 Seeing Red: Mao Fetishism, Pax Americana, and the Moral Economy of War

: : John D. Kelly


Ethnographic Experiences of American Power in the Age of the War on Terror

: : Jeremy Walton and Sean T. Mitchell

5 Paranoid Styles of Nationalism aft er the Cold War: Notes from an Invasion of the Amazon

: : Sean T. Mitchell

6 Hungry Wolves, Inclement Storms: Commodifi ed Fantasies of American Imperial Power in Contemporary Turkey

: : Jeremy Walton

7 Rwandan Rebels and U.S. Federal Prosecutors: American Power, Violence, and the Pursuit of Justice in the Age of the War on Terror

: : Elizabeth Garland

8 Weapons, Passports, and News: Palestinian Perceptions of U.S. Power as a Mediator of War

: : Amahl Bishara

9 The Cold War Present: The Logic of Defense Time

: : Mihir Pandya


Counterinsurgency, Past and Present: Precedents to the Manual

: : Jeremy Walton and Beatrice Jauregui

10 The Uses of Anthropology in the Insurgent Age

: : Dustin M. Wax

11 Small Wars and Counterinsurgency

: : James L. Hevia

12 Repetition Compulsion? Counterinsurgency Bravado in Iraq and Vietnam

: : Kurt Jacobsen

13 Counterinsurgency, The Spook, and Blowback

: : Joseph Masco


The U.S. Military and U.S. Anthropology

: : Sean T. Mitchell and John D. Kelly

14 An Anthropologist among the Soldiers: Notes from the Field

: : Marcus B. Griffin

15 Indirect Rule and Embedded Anthropology: Practical, Theoretical, and Ethical Concerns

: : Roberto J. González

16 Soft Power, Hard Power, and the Anthropological "Leveraging" of Cultural "Assets": Distilling the Politics and Ethics of Anthropological Counterinsurgency

: : David H. Price

17 Yes, Both, Absolutely: A Personal and Professional Commentary on Anthropological Engagement with Military and Intelligence Organizations

: : Kerry Fosher


Constructions and Destructions of Conscience

: : John D. Kelly

18 The Cultural Turn in the War on Terror

: : Hugh Gusterson

19 Cultural Sensitivity in a Military Occupation: The U.S. Military in Iraq

: : Rochelle Davis, with Dahlia El Zein and Dena Takruri

20 The "Bad" Kill: A Short Case Study in American Counterinsurgency

: : Jeffrey Bennett

21 The Destruction of Conscience and the Winter Soldier

: : Kevin Caffrey

22 No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy: History, Memory, and the Conscience of a Marine

: : Christopher T. Nelson

Reference List

List of Contributors


Editorial Reviews

"This book encompasses far more than the title suggests. The twenty-two short articles discuss the complex engagement--now and in the past--of social science and the military. . . . This informative, well-crafted, meticulously documented compendium could become a benchmark publication."