Background Articles 


The Network of Concerned Anthropologists (NCA) is an independent ad hoc network of anthropologists seeking to promote an ethical anthropology.  For more information, write us at concerned.anthropologists@gmail.com.

 

 

For recent media coverage about the pledge and anthropologists involved in counter-insurgency work, click here: Recent Media Coverage

Inside Higher Ed (2008). "A Pentagon Olive Branch to Academe," April 16. Access at http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/04/16/minerva  

David Vine (2007). "Enabling the Kill Chain," Chronicle of Higher Education, November 30, p. B9. Access at http://chronicle.com/weekly/v54/i14/14b00901.htm

David H. Price (2007).  "Buying a Piece of Anthropology, Part II: The CIA and Our Tortured Past."  Anthropology Today, vol. 23, no. 5.  Access at http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/anth/23/5

Roberto J. González (2007).  "Patai and Abu Ghraib."  Anthropology Today, vol. 23, no. 5. Access at http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/anth/23/5

David Rohde (2007).  "Army Enlists Anthropologists in War Zones."  New York Times October 5, p. A1.  Access at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/05/world/asia/05afghan.html?em&ex=1191729600&en=4993ab9a6cbbf28b&ei=5087%0A.)

New York Times (2007). "Anthropologists in War Zones: Questions of Ethics." Letters to the editor, October 9-10. Access at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/10/opinion/lweb10anthropology.html?_r=2&ref=opinion&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

Scott Canon (2007).  "Anthropologists Debate Ethics of Working on War Effort."  Kansas City Star, September 30.  Access at http://www.kansascity.com/105/story/296822.html

Roberto J. González and David H. Price (2007).  "When Anthropologists Become Counter-Insurgents."  CounterPunch, September 28.  Access at http://counterpunch.org/gonzalez09272007.html

Sharon Weinberger (2007).  "When Anthropologists Go To War (Against the Military)."  Danger Room-Wired Blog, September 19.  Access at http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/09/when-anthropolo.html

David Glenn (2007).  "Petitioners Urge Anthropologists to Stop Working with Pentagon in Iraq War."  Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, September 19.  Access at http://chronicle.com/news/article/3063/petitioners-urge-anthropologists-to-stop-working-with-pentagon-in-iraq-war.)

Scott Peterson (2007).  "US Army's Strategy in Afghanistan: Better Anthropology."  Christian Science Monitor, September 7.  Access at http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0907/p01s08-wosc.htm

Hugh Gusterson (2007). "Anthropologists and War: A Response to David Kilcullen." Anthropology Today vol. 23, no. 4. Download at Gusterson Response

Roberto J. González (2007).  "Towards Mercenary Anthropology?  US Counterinsurgency Field Manual 3-24 and the Military-Anthropology Complex."  Anthropology Today vol. 23, no. 3.  Download at Gonzalez AT

Roberto J. González (2008).  "Human Terrain: Past, Present and Future Applications."  Anthropology Today vol. 24, no. 1.  Download at ht-at-gonzalez.pdf

David Kilcullen (2007).  "Ethics, Politics, and Non-State Warfare: A Response to González."  Anthropology Today vol. 23, no. 3.  Access at http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/anth/23/3

McFate, Montgomery (2007).  "Building Bridges or Burning Heretics." Anthropology Today vol. 23, no. 3. Access at http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/anth/23/3

David H. Price (2007).  "Buying a Piece of Anthropology, Part I: Human Ecology and Unwitting Anthropological Research for the CIA."  Anthropology Today, vol. 23, no. 3.  Access at http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/anth/23/3

David H. Price (2007). "Anthropology and the Wages of Secrecy."  Anthropology News, March.  Access at http://www.anthrosource.net/doi/abs/10.1525/an.2007.48.3.6

Roberto J. González (2007).  "We Must Fight the Militarization of Anthropology."  Chronicle of Higher Education, February 2.  Download at gonzalez-militarization.doc.

Laura A. McNamara and Gustaaf Houtman. (2007). "Culture, Critique and Credibility: Speaking Truth to Power during the Long War." Anthropology Today vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 20-21. Access at
http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1467-8322.2006.00468.x

Fred Renzi (2006). “Networks: Terra Incognita and the Case for Ethnographic Intelligence.” Military Review Sept.-Oct.: 16-22. Access at http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/milreview/renzi.pdf

Gustaaf Houtman (2006). "Double or Quits." Anthropology Today vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 1-3. Access at
http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/action/showPdf?submitPDF=Full+Text+PDF+%28365+KB%29&doi=10.1111%2Fj.1467-8322.2006.00468.x

Phil Sooben (2006). "Double or Quits: A Response from the ESRC." Anthropology Today vol. 22, no. 6, p. 3. Access at http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/action/showPdf?submitPDF=Full+Text+PDF+%28365+KB%29&doi=10.1111%2Fj.1467-8322.2006.00468.x

Hugh Gusterson and David Price (2005).  "Spies in Our Midst."  Anthropology News, September.  Access at http://www.aaanet.org/press/an/infocus/prisp/gusterson.htm 

Montgomery McFate (2005). “The Military Utility of Understanding Adversary Culture,” Joint Force Quarterly July: 42-48. Access at http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/jel/jfq_pubs/1038.pdf

Montgomery McFate and Andrea Jackson (2005) "An Organizational Solution for DOD's Cultural Knowledge Needs," Military Review July-August: 18-21. Access at www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/milreview/mcfate2.pdf

David H. Price (2004). "'Like Slaves': Anthropological Notes on Occupation."  CounterPunch, January 6.  Access at http://www.counterpunch.org/price01062004.html  

David H. Price (2002). "Lessons from Second World War Anthropology: Peripheral, Persuasive, and Ignored Contributions."  Anthropology Today 18(3).  Access at http://homepages.stmartin.edu/fac_staff/dprice/price-at-6-02-WWII.pdf

David H. Price (2002).  "Present Dangers, Past Wars, Future Anthropologies."  Anthropology Today 18(1).  Access at http://homepages.stmartin.edu/fac_staff/dprice/price-at1.pdf

Franz Boas (1919). "Scientists as Spies." The Nation, October 16. Reprinted in Roberto J. González, ed. (2004) Anthropologists in the Public Sphere, pp. 23-25 .  Austin: University of Texas Press. Access at http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=oHx0Mao7nnMC&oi=fnd&pg=PP15&dq=%22Gonz%C3%A1lez%22+%22Anthropologists+in+the+Public+Sphere:+Speaking+Out+on+...%22+&ots=UCB0JA566R&sig=Vip44oAqfru96AkXFFCKpzONZmA#PPA23,M1.)

 

Background from Related Disciplines

“Ethics Rebellion in Psychology.” Inside Higher Ed, October 12. Access at   http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2007/10/12/psych 

Earlham College resolution: http://www.earlham.edu/publicaffairs/content/pressroom/archive/2007/october/psychdeptresolution.php 

APA statement on psychologists’ participation in torture: http://www.apa.org/governanceresolutions/councilres0807.html