Militarizing Culture is a rousing critique of the American warfare state by a leading cultural commentator. Roberto J. González reveals troubling trends in the post-9/11 era, as the military industrial complex infiltrates new arenas of cultural life, from economic and educational arenas to family relationships. One of the nation’s foremost critics of the Human Terrain System program, González makes passionate arguments against the engagement of social scientists and the use of anthropological theory and methods in military operations. Despite the pervasive presence of militarism and violence in our society, González insists that warfare is not an inevitable part of human nature, and charts a path toward the decommissioning of culture.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations, Acknowledgments, Introduction: Militarizing Culture, Part I: Basic Training, Chapter 1: Spy Camp for Kids, Chapter 2: Shattered Taboo, Part II: Enlisting Culture, Chapter 3: Towards Mercenary Anthropology?, Chapter 4: The Arab Mind and Abu Ghraib, Chapter 5: Human Terrain, Part III: Controlling Behavior, Chapter 6: Counterinsurgency in the Colonies, Chapter 7: Going “Tribal”, Afterword: Decommissioning Culture, Glossary, References, Index, About the Author
Roberto J. González is Associate Professor of Anthropology at San José State University. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1992, he began his graduate studies in anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD there in 1998. His doctoral research analyzed the agricultural theories and practices of subsistence farmers in southern Mexico. His first book, Zapotec Science: Farming and Food in the Northern Sierra of Oaxaca (2001) is based upon this work, and it won the first annual Julian Steward Award from the Anthropology and Environment Section of the American Anthropological Association. More recently, Dr. González has published an edited volume, Anthropologists in the Public Sphere: Speaking Out on War, Peace, and American Power (2004) and the book American Counterinsurgency: Human Science and the Human Terrain (2009). He has written many articles in academic journals and other periodicals, including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, In These Times, and Z Magazine, and he has been interviewed for programs produced by National Public Radio and the British Broadcasting Corporation, among others. He is a founding member of the Network of Concerned Anthropologists.