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Humans as a terrain - A connection between human terrain systems and neoliberalism

Størner, Alexander LU (2017) SANK02 20162
Social Anthropology
Abstract
This thesis tries to connect how the human terrain system is a development of neoliberalism that anthropologists need to consider. I have explained how the history of anthropology has always have had a connection with the military. The problem with anthropology is that anthropologists need a consent from the informants that they use, and this is harder if they use ethnographical methods in a war zone. What some anthropologists argue as a problem is that policy-makers are using a western bias which is founded in human rights which takes no position to the cultural relativity of the region that external parties are trying to stabilize. What I have tried to do is show arguments from both sides and discuss towards my solution. My solution is... (More)
This thesis tries to connect how the human terrain system is a development of neoliberalism that anthropologists need to consider. I have explained how the history of anthropology has always have had a connection with the military. The problem with anthropology is that anthropologists need a consent from the informants that they use, and this is harder if they use ethnographical methods in a war zone. What some anthropologists argue as a problem is that policy-makers are using a western bias which is founded in human rights which takes no position to the cultural relativity of the region that external parties are trying to stabilize. What I have tried to do is show arguments from both sides and discuss towards my solution. My solution is that anthropologists need to sit down and discuss a new method for how to use applied anthropology. (Less)
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This thesis tries to connect how the human terrain system is a development of neoliberalism that anthropologists need to consider. I have explained how the history of anthropology has always have had a connection with the military. The problem with anthropology is that anthropologists need a consent from the informants that they use, and this is harder if they use ethnographical methods in a war zone. What some anthropologists argue as a problem is that policy-makers are using a western bias which is founded in human rights which takes no position to the cultural relativity of the region that external parties are trying to stabilize. What I have tried to do is show arguments from both sides and discuss towards my solution. My solution is... (More)
This thesis tries to connect how the human terrain system is a development of neoliberalism that anthropologists need to consider. I have explained how the history of anthropology has always have had a connection with the military. The problem with anthropology is that anthropologists need a consent from the informants that they use, and this is harder if they use ethnographical methods in a war zone. What some anthropologists argue as a problem is that policy-makers are using a western bias which is founded in human rights which takes no position to the cultural relativity of the region that external parties are trying to stabilize. What I have tried to do is show arguments from both sides and discuss towards my solution. My solution is that anthropologists need to sit down and discuss a new method for how to use applied anthropology. (Less)
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author
Størner, Alexander LU
supervisor
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SANK02 20162
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Human terrain system, neoliberalism, antropology, applied anthropology, afghanistan, united states, united states military, social science, ethics, human terrain team, David Price, Montgomery McFate
language
English
id
8903486
date added to LUP
2017-02-21 12:51:43
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2017-02-21 12:51:43
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  abstract     = {This thesis tries to connect how the human terrain system is a development of neoliberalism that anthropologists need to consider. I have explained how the history of anthropology has always have had a connection with the military. The problem with anthropology is that anthropologists need a consent from the informants that they use, and this is harder if they use ethnographical methods in a war zone. What some anthropologists argue as a problem is that policy-makers are using a western bias which is founded in human rights which takes no position to the cultural relativity of the region that external parties are trying to stabilize. What I have tried to do is show arguments from both sides and discuss towards my solution. My solution is that anthropologists need to sit down and discuss a new method for how to use applied anthropology.},
  author       = {Størner, Alexander},
  keyword      = {Human terrain system,neoliberalism,antropology,applied anthropology,afghanistan,united states,united states military,social science,ethics,human terrain team,David Price,Montgomery McFate},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Humans as a terrain - A connection between human terrain systems and neoliberalism},
  year         = {2017},
}