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Anthropologists in Arms: The Ethics of Military Anthropology by George R., Jr. Lucas

By George R., Jr. Lucas

Anthropologists in hands appears to be like on the ethical and moral debates surrounding the hot improvement of 'military anthropology'—particularly the perform of embedding anthropologists with strive against troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lucas lines the afflicted historical past of social scientists participating with nationwide army, safety, and intelligence firms and exhibits how those advanced and regularly misunderstood ancient issues give a contribution to the modern ethical controversy. He provides targeted awareness to the Human Terrain platforms undertaking built via the U.S. military less than the path of normal David Petraeus. even supposing this undertaking has been criticized as unethical through educational anthropologists within the U.S. and the U.K., Lucas exhibits that the ethical prestige of that software is far extra ambiguous than those blanket criticisms might recommend. Anthropologists in hands concludes with a choice for an intensive overview of HTS itself, and indicates substitute suggestions for delivering anthropological wisdom to army forces engaged in abnormal warfare—knowledge that will, in flip, support army forces to ameliorate the discomfort imposed on noncombatants, whereas respecting the privateness, defense, and human rights of indigenous populations.

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