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Counterinsurgency and Terror expertise: The integration of academics into the war effort

Miller, David and Mills, Tom (2010) Counterinsurgency and Terror expertise: The integration of academics into the war effort. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 23 (2). pp. 203-221. ISSN 0955-7571

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Abstract

In this paper the authors draw upon the tradition of Power Structure Research to analyse the increased interpenetration of the military and the social sciences, particularly the recruitment of anthropologists and the adoption and adaptation of counterinsurgency strategies. It is argued that such actors should be understood not as disinterested 'experts' but as being organically embedded in a military-industrial-academic complex. The paper considers a number of contemporary examples as well as considering the historical roots of these trends. It is argued that this interpenetration violates the ethical norms of the academy and the moral and social responsibilities of intellectuals.

Item type: Article
ID code: 26902
Keywords: power structure, counterinsurgency strategies, ethics, moral responsibility, Sociology, Political Science and International Relations
Subjects: Social Sciences > Sociology
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Sociology
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Depositing user: Mr David McMinn
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2010 14:51
Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 09:06
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/26902

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