Cold War Anthropology: The CIA, the Pentagon, and the Growth of Dual Use Anthropology
David H. Price is Professor of Anthropology at Saint Martin’s University. He is the author of Threatening Anthropology: McCarthyism and the FBI’s Surveillance of Activist Anthropologists and Anthropological Intelligence: The Deployment and Neglect of American Anthropology in the Second World War, both also published by Duke University Press, and Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State.
The AAA Confronts Military and Intelligence Uses of Disciplinary Knowledge
2016. "The AAA Confronts Military and Intelligence Uses of Disciplinary Knowledge", Cold War Anthropology: The CIA, the Pentagon, and the Growth of Dual Use Anthropology, David H. Price
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Revelations of SORO’s Project Camelot led to a public uproar when these plans were revealed. Another SORO project, which adopted the Human Relations Area File’s indexing methods (M-VICO) for counterinsurgency operations is discussed. News of Camelot led the AAA to appoint Ralph Beals to investigate interactions between anthropologists and military and intelligence agencies. Previously unpublished correspondence from Beals’s investigation contains descriptions, from OSS anthropologist Elizabeth Bacon, who details the multiple ways that the CIA attempted to contact and recruit anthropologists for intelligence work. The AAA’s Beals Report is examined as a blueprint for future AAA efforts to develop a code of ethics.