Summary Iraq at a Distance What Anthropologists Can Teach Us about the War

ISBN-10 0812221834 ISBN-13 9780812221831
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Summary - Iraq at a Distance What Anthropologists Can Teach Us about the War

  • 0 Preface and Introduction chapters

  • Note to self: anthropologists are full of themselves, it almost seems... O)_(O
  • 0.1 Preface

  • Written in mid of Iraq War, no long-term fieldwork
  • This book focuses on the plight of the Iraqi people
  • 0.2 Ethnographic Imagination at a Distance: An Introduction to the Anthropological Study of the Iraq War (Robben)

  • Studying culture at distance or in-field
  • At distance more and more preferable with the introduction of new 'danger zones' because of the War on Terror; the same goes for this book (except for 2 local anthropologists)
  • Showing and imagining the daily lives of the Iraqi people within the framework of the anthropology in this article; maybe the fieldwork will be possible again when the area is safe. Concerns are about own interest and political standpoint in Iraq
  • 0.2.1 Ethnographic Imagination and Comparative Anthropology

  • Everything went well in the world with even multisited fieldwork coming up when, SUDDENLY, 9/11 happened, the 'War on Terror' started from a Manichaenistic discourse that got the world divided into danger and security zones
  • Disjunctures that interrupted the anthropologist HYPE: single-/multisited fieldwork impossible due to forced boundaries and danger/restricted/war zones
  • New wars to win people for your side
  • Counterinsurgency tactics and a confusing war
  • Anthropologists used for the war... (network theory) and thus they can't get the trust of the ppl anymore (CIA agent? Supplying with ethnographic info?), so ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY AT A DISTANCE IS A POSSIBILITY
  • Ethnographies on violence, repression and suffering from the past two decades allow anthropologists to study ethnographies from a distance THROUGH COMPARATIVE METHODS
  • Illuminating a set of less known phenomena by referring to another set of more clear phenomena
  • So, again: MULTISITED FIELDWORK enables a COMPARATIVE METHOD by looking at a field site to understand an inaccessable site
  • Mimesis by US army of guerrilla/dirty war in Argentina
  • Manichaeism leading to dehumanization...
  • 0.2.2 The Iraq War in Comparative Perspectives

  • Same Manichaeism as Khmer Rouge used
  • Well... until now it seems that this whole paragraph will be talking about the comparisons between the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and Bush's war on terror from the US (with manichaeism being very important; Hinton)
  • Show.... do not tell.... :3
  • Demonizing discourse, us and them, good versus evil, apples or bananas
  • Another reason for the war on terror was the women rights violations, but it has, ever since the war on terror started, gotten worse for women by fundamentalist pressures... WTF...
  • Second comparison is with Palestinian/Israeli case
  • Similar process of dismemberment (walls of divide and outside influence)
  • Third comparison is with Vietnam and IRA/INLA (Sluka)
  • Same kind of (counter)insurgency (winning the hearts of people) with ground troops
  • Just like with the start of The Troubles, overaggressiveness caused the problems/resistance
  • Sluka's four levels of popular support: population in warzone, national population, foreign troops' home front, international community
  • Just like in 'nam and Troubles, the intervention was way too military (say, 80%) and not political enough (20%... you really couldn't figure that one out?)
  • Mimesis by swarming
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