cold war memory

"Since historical memory is one of the weapons against abuse and power, there is no question why those who have power create a 'desert of organized forgetting.' But why should those who have been the victims sometimes act as if they, too, had forgotten?" --Sigmund Diamond 

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David Price  Anthropology               Saint Martin's University 5300 Pacific Ave.       Lacey, Washington  98503   Phone: 360/ 438-4295


Cold war anthropology

These articles and chapters in collected volumes mostly examine a variety of relationships between American anthropology and military and intelligence agencies during the Cold War; some articles examine other elements of Cold War Culture.  These relationships include instances where American anthropologists were: monitored and harassed by the FBI, unwittingly funded by the CIA, knowingly worked with and for the CIA, and shifted research questions to align with needs of the Cold War's National Security State. 

My approach to the fundamental two divergent roles played by American anthropologists during the Cold War is found in my 1998 "Cold War Anthropology: Collaborators and Victims of the National Security State" article.  Both of these relationships are examined in other articles, and anthropologists' clashes with McCarthyism and the FBI are documented in Threatening Anthropology.   I am currently working on a large book manuscript documenting the many witting and unwitting roles played by anthropologists during the Cold War at the CIA, Pentagon, FBI and other governmental agencies.

2014 "Three Pawns in the 'Great Games': The Early CIA in the Middle East." Middle East Report MER 271, Summer 2014, 43-46.

2014 "Review of Peter Mandler's Return from the Natives: How Margaret Mead Won the Second World War and Lost the Cold War." Journal of Interdisciplinary History 44(4):564-565.

2013 “Karl August Wittfogel.” In Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Volume Two, pp 382-385935-937, Jon R. McGee & Richard L. Warms eds., Walnut Creek, CA: Sage. 

2013 "Militarization and Anthropology." Annotated bibliography, Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2012 "Resistance's Half-Life: Militarization and the Growing Academic Silence." CounterPunch Vol. 19, No. 11. June 1-15, 2012, p 1, 5-7.

2012 "Counterinsurgency and the M-VICO System: Human Relations Area Files and Anthropology's Dual-Use Legacy." Anthropology Today 28(1):16-20.

2012 "Review of Ivan Greenberg's The Dangers of Dissent: The FBI and Civil Liberties Since 1965." Logos 11(1).

2011  "Review of David C. Engerman's Know Your Enemy: The Rise and Fall of America's Soviet Experts." The American Historical Review 116(5):1525-1526.

2011.  "How the CIA and Pentagon Harnessed Anthropological Research during the Second World War and Cold War with Little Critical Notice." Journal of Anthropological Research 67(3):333-356.

2011 "Counterinsurgency, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Political Uses of Militarized Anthropology." Dangerous Liaisons: Anthropologists and the National Security State. Laura A. McNamara & Robert Rubinstein eds., 51-76, Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press.

2011  "Uninvited Guests: A Short History of the CIA on Campus." The CIA on Campus: Essays on Academic Freedom and the National Security State pp 33-60, Philip Zwerling ed., Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland Publishing.

2011  "Mark Zborowski in a World of Pain: Part Two, Trial by FBI." CounterPunch 18(13):1,4-7.

2011 "Mark Zborowski in a World of Pain: Part One, The Spy-Scholar." CounterPunch 18(12):1, 5-8.

2011 "George Peter Murdock." In, Fifty Key Anthropologists. Eds. Robert Gordon Andrew P. Lyons and Harriet D. Lyons, eds. pp 162-167. London: Routledge.

2011 "Review of Barbara Johnston & Susan Slyomovics, eds. Waging War, Making Peace: Reparations and Human Rights." Journal of Anthropological Research 67(1):120-121.

2010 "Using the Freedom of Information Act as an Anthropological Tool." News of the Society for Applied Anthropology 21(3):28-30.

2010 "Review of Robert Justin Goldstein's American Blacklist: The Attorney General's List of Subversive Organizations."  The American Historical Review 115(1):250251.

2010 “Counterinsurgency.”  In Alan Bernard & Jonathan Spencer eds.,  The Routledge  Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 2nd ed.  Pp 162-164. London: Routledge.

2008  “McCarthyism.” In International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences,  2nd edition, William A. Darity, Jr. ed., Volume 5, pages 43-44. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA.

2008  “Materialism’s Free Pass: Karl Wittfogel, McCarthyism and the ‘Bureaucratization of Guilt.’” In ed., Dustin Wax, Anthropology at the Dawn of the Cold War.  Pp 37-61. London: Pluto.

2007  “Buying a Piece of Anthropology, Part One: Human Ecology and Unwitting Anthropological Research for the CIAAnthropology Today 23(3):8-13.

2007   “Buying a Piece of Anthropology, Part Two: The CIA and our Tortured PastAnthropology Today 23(5):17-22.

2007   “André Gunder Frank, the FBI, and the Bureaucratic Exile of a Critical Mind” CounterPunch 14 (12):1-4. June 16-30, 2007.

2007  "Earle Reynolds: Scientist, Citizen and Cold War Dissident." In ed., Barbara Rose Johnston, Half-Lives and Half-Truths: Confronting the Radioactive Legacies of the Cold War. pp 55-76. Santa Fe: School of American Research Press.

2006  "Reply to Sebag-Montefiori." Anthropology Today 22(1):21.

2005 "How the FBI Spied on Edward Said." CounterPunch December 1-5 Vol 12, pp 1, 4-5.

2005  "El FBI y las ciencias sociales." Historia anthropologia y Fuentest Orales 34(3):29-46.

2005 [co-authored with William J. Peace] "Bernhard Stern and Leslie A. White on the Church and Religion," In Regna Darnell & Frederic W. Gleach eds., Histories of Anthropology Annual, Volume 1 pp 114-131. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

2005 "The Shallowness of Deep Throat: Selective Links from Corruption Central." CounterPunch June 2, 2005.

Theoretical Dangers: Notes on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Investigations of Science & Society Science and Society 68(4):475-482.

2004  “’Like Slaves’: Anthropological Notes on Occupation” CounterPunch January 6, 2004. 

2004 Threatening Anthropology: The FBI’s Surveillance and Repression of Activist Anthropologists.  Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press.

2004  “Tribal Communism Under Fire: Archie Phinney and the FBIJournal of Northwest Anthropology (Special Issue: Remembering Archie Phinney, A Nes Perce Scholar) 38(1):21-32. 

2004  “Standing Up For Academic Freedom: The Case of Irving GoldmanAnthropology Today 20(4):16-21.

2003 “Reply to Lloyd Pierson” Archaeology November/December 2003. pp 9.

2003 "Subtle Means and Enticing Carrots: The Impact of Funding on American Cold War Anthropology" Critique of Anthropology 23(4):373-401.

2003  “Anthropology Sub Rosa: The AAA, the CIA and the Ethical Problems Inherent in Secret Research" In Ethics and the Profession of Anthropology: Dialogue for Ethically Conscious Practice, Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban ed. 29-49.  Second Edition. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press. 

2003 “Cloak and Trowel: Should Archaeologists Double As Spies?Archaeology  September/October 2003, pp. 30-35. [citations for this article]

2003  “The Spies Who Came in from the Dig,” republished excerpt from “Cloak and Trowel” The Guardian September 4, 2003.

2003 [co-authored with William J. Peace] "Un-American Anthropological Thought: The Opler / Meggers Exchange"
Journal of Anthropological Research

2002 “Interlopers and Invited Guests: On Anthropology’s Witting and Unwitting Links to Intelligence Agencies" Anthropology Today 18(6):16-21. 

2002 "Reply to Jan van Bremen, Igor Kopytoff and Margaret Hardiman" Anthropology Today 18(4):22.

2002  “Present Dangers, Past Wars and Past Anthropologies” Anthropology Today 18(1):3-5.

2002  “Reply to Noam Chomsky and Jeffrey Sluka” Anthropology Today 18(2):23.

2001 “Fear and Loathing in the Soviet Union: Roy Barton and the NKVDHAN  XXVIII(2):3-8.

2001 [co-authored with William J. Peace] “The Cold War Context of the FBI’s Investigation of Leslie A. White” American Anthropologist 103(1):164-167.

2001 “Spying on Radical Scholars” Radical History Review 79 (winter 2001):169-172.

2000 “The AAA and the CIA
Anthropology News  41(8): 13-14. November, 2000.

1998  “Obituary for Mark Zborowski Anthropology Newsletter 39(6):31.

1998 “Cold War Anthropology: Collaborators and Victims of the National Security State” Identities  
4(3-4): 389-430.  Paper Abstract

1997 “Anthropological Research and the Freedom of Information Act CAM: Cultural Anthropology Methods 9(1):12-15.

1997 “Review of Colby & Dennett’s Thy Will Be Done-The Conquest of the Amazon: Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil Identities 3(3):441-447.