By Neil L. Whitehead, Sverker Finnström
Virtual conflict and Magical Death
is a provocative exam of the family members among anthropology and modern worldwide struggle. a number of arguments unite the accrued essays, that are in keeping with ethnographic examine in diversified destinations, together with Guatemala, Uganda, and Tanzania, in addition to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and the U.S.. leading is the rivalry that glossy high-tech warfare—as it's practiced and represented by way of the army, the media, and civilians—is analogous to rituals of magic and sorcery. applied sciences of "virtual warfare," similar to high-altitude bombing, distant drone assaults, night-vision goggles, or even track videoes and laptop video games that simulate conflict, reproduce the resourceful worlds and subjective reviews of witchcraft, magic, and attack sorcery lengthy studied by means of cultural anthropologists.
Another major concentration of the gathering is the U.S. military's exploitation of ethnographic learn, really via its debatable Human Terrain platforms (HTS) software, which embeds anthropologists as cultural specialists in army devices. numerous items handle the moral dilemmas that HTS and different counterinsurgency initiatives pose for anthropologists. different essays display the rather small scale of these courses on the subject of the military's broader use of, and targets for, social clinical data.
Contributors. Robertson Allen, Brian Ferguson, Sverker Finnström, Roberto J. González, David H. cost, Antonius Robben, Victoria Sanford, Jeffrey Sluka, Koen Stroeken, Matthew Sumera, Neil L. Whitehead