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American Counterinsurgency: Human Science and the Human Terrain

American Counterinsurgency: Human Science and the Human Terrain - 09 edition

ISBN13: 978-0979405747

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ISBN13: 978-0979405747
ISBN10: 0979405742
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 09
Publisher: Prickly Pear Press
Published: 2009
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American Counterinsurgency: Human Science and the Human Terrain - 09 edition

ISBN13: 978-0979405747

Roberto Gonzalez

ISBN13: 978-0979405747
ISBN10: 0979405742
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 09
Publisher: Prickly Pear Press

Published: 2009
International: No
Summary

Politicians, pundits, and Pentagon officials are singing the praises of a kinder, gentler American counterinsurgency. Some claim that counterinsurgency is so sophisticated and effective that it is the ''graduate level of war.'' Private military contracting firms have jumped on the bandwagon, and many have begun employing anthropologists, political scientists, psychologists, and sociologists to help meet the Department of Defense's new demand. The $60 million Human Terrain System (HTS), an intelligence gathering program that embeds social scientists with combat brigades in Iraq and Afghanistan, dramatically illustrates the approach. But when the military, transnational corporations, and the human sciences become obsessed with controlling the ''human terrain''-the civilian populations of Iraq and Afghanistan-what are the consequences? In this timely pamphlet, Roberto Gonzalez offers a searing critique of HTS, showing how the history of anthropology can be used to illuminate the problems of turning ''culture'' into a military tool.

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