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 concept of dual use science is introduced as instances in which unintended, negative applications of scientific research are realized and used; often these are relationships in which academic theoretical developments are transformed into commercial products or military applications. The importance of political economy in shaping anthropological theory is stressed. The organization and core arguments of the book are explained.