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Virtual war and magical death : technologies and imaginaries for terror and killing

Author: Neil L Whitehead; Sverker Finnström
Publisher: Durham ; London : Duke University Press, 2013.
Series: Cultures and practice of violence series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The contributors to this provocative collection scrutinize the relations between anthropology and contemporary global war, contending that modern high-tech warfare is analogous to rituals of magic and sorcery, and examining the U.S. military's exploitation of ethnographic research.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Virtual war and magical death.
Durham ; London : Duke University Press, 2013
(DLC) 2012044778
(OCoLC)809028616
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Neil L Whitehead; Sverker Finnström
ISBN: 9780822379041 082237904X
OCLC Number: 841050414
Description: 1 online resource (x, 289 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Virtual war and magical death: technologies and imaginaries for terror and killing / Neil L. Whitehead and Sverker Finnström --
Ethnography, knowledge, torture and silence / Neil L. Whitehead --
The role of culture in wars waged by robots: connecting drones, anthropology, and human terrain system's prehistory / David Price --
Cybernetic crystal ball: "forecasting" insurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan / Roberto J. González --
Full spectrum: the military invasion of anthropology / R. Brian Ferguson --
Today he is no more: magic, intervention, and global war in Uganda / Sverker Finnström --
The hostile gaze: night vision and the immediation of nocturnal combat in vietnam and Iraq / Antonius C.G.M. Robben --
Virtual soldiers, cognitive laborers / Robertson Allen --
Virtual war in the tribal zone: airstrikes, drones and losing hearts and minds afghanistan and Pakistan / Jeffrey A. Sluka --
Propaganda, gangs and social cleansing in Guatemala / Victoria Sanford --
The soundtrack to war / Matthew Sumera --
War at large: miner magic and the carrion system / Koen Stroeken.
Series Title: Cultures and practice of violence series.
Responsibility: Neil L. Whitehead and Sverker Finnström, eds.

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