[URBANTH-L]New Network of Concerned Anthropologists
bchap at ku.edu
Mon Oct 1 10:53:01 EDT 2007
I agree that the text of the pledge is unusually broad for this kind
of document, but I still agree with it. There is nothing that says
anthropologists are forbidden from working in the theaters of the
"war on terror"-- rather, it presents an ethical argument
specifically against counter-insurgency. What is implied, I think, is
not that terrorism doesn't exist, but that counter-insurgency is the
wrong response, both unethical and ineffectual. For a classic version
of this argument, see the Battle of Algiers. I agree with Judith that
there is an urgent need for sanity in public affairs, but reject the
implication of the recent gov't proposals that anthros should only be
allowed to contribute within the context of a counter-insurgency
project that is itself beyond question or debate.
Anyway, it's a pledge, not a ban.
A more pressing concern is that I can't print the page without
widowing the headers and starting a second page with blank lines.
Asst. Prof. of American Studies
University of Kansas
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