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AAA Invited Session: THE INTERSECTION OF POLITICS AND ANTHROPOLOGY

PRICE, David H. (St. Martinís College) & William Peace

Thursday, Nov. 20, 1997 4:00pm to 5:45 PM

Session 00000061

Room: International Ballroom West, Concourse

 

Combining history and contemporary praxis, this session explores the manner in which anthropological work is imbedded in broader political settings.These papers bring new light to questions concerning the effects ofpolitical influences on the selection and rejection of anthropological theories--as well as considerations of anthropologistsí involvement in political events.These papers analyze historic events, biographical studies, and ethnological settings in a variety of socio-political contexts ranging from the earliest days of the cold war to the modern era.

 

Each of these papers contributes to the construction of a new history of anthropology which is concerned with both the political context and political uses of anthropological knowledge.The papers by Thea De Wett, Gerard Colby and Stephen Reyna explore some of the relationships between the production of anthropological knowledge and military actions.This is done both through considerations of specific military uses of anthropological information, and by examining issues raised by the silence of anthropologists conducting fieldwork in the presence of military actions.The papers by Antonio Lauria-Perricelli, William Peace and David Price examine the effects of overarching political conditions on the production and limitations of anthropological theories.

 

Key words: history of anthropology, Cold War, politics

 

4:00 PM

DE WET, Thea

POCKET-BOOK ETHNOLOGY: ANTHROPOLOGY FOR WAR

 

4:15PM

COLBY, Gerard& Charlotte Dennett

THE IMPACT OF CORPORATE FUNDING AND COUNTER‑INSURGENCY ON ANTHROPOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

 

4:30PM

LAURIA-PERRICELLI, Antonio(New School for Social Research)

THE POLITICAL/ POLICY CONTEXT OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH IN PUERTO RICO, 1944-1956

 

4:45PM

REYNA, Stephen P. (New Hampshire)

RIGHT AND MIGHT, OF APPROXIMATE TRUTHS AND APPREHENSIBLE MORALITIES.

 

5:00 PM

PRICE, David H. (St. Martinís College)

ANTHROPOLOGISTS ON TRIAL: THE LESSONS OF MCCARTHYISM.

 

5:15PM

PEACE, William J.

THE IMPACT OF THE PALMER RAIDS ON AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGY

 

5:30PM

Discussant:Andre Gunder Frank