Saturday, March 14, 2009

Anthropologists and War

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Anthropologists and War

Submitted by William Hart PhD on October 14, 2007 - 10:26pm.

Armed with their knowledge of culture, anthropologist are now assisting the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"The U.S. military is now sending teams of anthropologists and social scientists out to assist all combat brigades in Iraq and Afghanistan. The effort has reportedly helped troops improve relations with local populations and avert casualties, while raising a hearty debate among anthropologists over the ethical boundaries of their profession. A look at the so-called Human Terrain Teams and larger questions of how the military is adapting to new expectations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond" (The Dianne Reams Show notes).

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