Military Anthropologists

TitleMilitary Anthropologists
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsFunke, RD, Dillard, B, Potthast, A, Boxall, SF, Carr, E, Carr, S, Diaz-Sprague, R, Elliott, D, Funke, MB, Price, C
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractIn 2003, the U.S. Military turned to social scientists for help understanding the complexities of Iraqi culture, as step which led to the establishment of the Human Terrain System, which embedded social scientists in military units in Iraq and Afghanistan. While some social scientists applauded the military's commitment to understanding diverse perspectives and values as a way to reduce military conflict, others argue that this collaboration lead to irreconcilable conflicts as the military could exert undue influence over research programs, military objectives might conflict with professional values in the social sciences, and partnerships could perhaps lead local communities to see researchers as spies, leading to physical danger for the researchers.
NotesCase Study from the 2009 National Ethics Bowl. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2009
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