Anthropological Intelligence: The Deployment and Neglect of by David H. Price

By David H. Price

By the time the USA formally entered international struggle II, greater than 1/2 American anthropologists have been utilizing their specialist wisdom and abilities to develop the warfare attempt. the variety in their war-related paintings used to be amazing. They helped assemble army intelligence, pinpointed attainable social weaknesses in enemy countries, and contributed to the army’s local Pocket advisor booklets. They labored for dozens of presidency corporations, together with the workplace of Strategic providers (OSS) and the workplace of warfare info. At a second whilst social scientists are once more being requested to aid in army and intelligence paintings, David H. rate examines anthropologists’ little-known contributions to the second one global War.

Anthropological Intelligence relies on interviews with anthropologists in addition to vast archival examine concerning many Freedom of data Act requests. rate appears to be like on the function performed via the 2 fundamental U.S. anthropological enterprises, the yankee Anthropological organization and the Society for utilized Anthropology (which used to be shaped in 1941), in facilitating the applying of anthropological the way to the issues of battle. He chronicles particular initiatives undertaken on behalf of presidency companies, together with an research of the social results of postwar migration, the layout and implementation of OSS counterinsurgency campaigns, and the learn of jap social constructions to aid tailor American propaganda efforts. rate discusses anthropologists’ paintings in internment camps, their number of intelligence in crucial and South the United States for the FBI’s exact Intelligence provider, and their aid forming overseas language courses to aid squaddies and intelligence brokers. comparing the moral implications of anthropological contributions to international conflict II, expense means that by the point the chilly conflict begun, the career had set a perilous precedent relating to what it'd be prepared to do on behalf of the U.S. government.

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