October 31, 2007

Anthropology, the Military, and Plagiarism

Category: Academic,Anthropology,Tech — Biella @ 7:53 am

There is a debate raging in anthropological circles over the role of anthropologists in the military and the Iraq War Purse Lip Square Jaw has a nice round-up of of articles on the topic. I have only read bits and pieces here and there but this morning I finally gave my full attention to this intriguing article by David Price, which not only covers the vexing debate but discloses the rampant plagiarism in the The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual.

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  1. fascination stuff! It brings to mind the idea of who should do such a job: the politically loyal or the impartial professional? Someone will be called upon, who would you want to do it, knowing that it will be done, regardless of the publics wishes. In the Bush administration, countless jobs have been filled by loyal political servants to the detriment of the public. “Yer doin’ a hellava good job, Brownie!”

    As to the ‘manual’, could a group of copyright holder(authors and publishers) be gathered and make a ‘frontal assault’ on the book’s authors/publisher to fix this sloppiness?

    Comment by Kevin Mark — October 31, 2007 @ 8:29 pm

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