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Anthropology and the United States Military

Coming of Age in the Twenty-First Century

  • Pamela R. Frese
  • Margaret C. Harrell

Table of contents

About this book


An edited collection of ethnographic research that seeks to provide visions of and for US military culture from a solid anthropological base. The volume explores several important but relatively unknown cultural variations in the defense community through a variety of lenses. A strong list of contributors highlight important issues such as: anthrax vaccines, the 'Golden Age' culture of the military, gender roles among army spouses, weight control and physical readiness, the military advisor, and the United States Naval Academy.


anthropology community Cultural Studies gender gender roles

Editors and affiliations

  • Pamela R. Frese
    • 1
  • Margaret C. Harrell
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Wooster in WoosterUSA
  2. 2.RANDUSA

About the editors

CLEMENTINE FUJIMURA Associate Professor in the Department of Language Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy, Maryland, USA JEANNE GUILLEMIN Professor at Boston College, USA, Senior Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Security Studies Program, USA JOSHUA LINFORD-STEINFELD Doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, USA in the program in Medical Anthropology, a joint program with the University of California at San Francisco ROBERT A. RUBINSTEIN Professor of Anthropology and of International Relations in the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, New York, USA ANNA SIMONS Associate professor of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Canada

Bibliographic information


"This book puts the emerging field of military anthropology on the social science research map. The rich variety of the chapters offer unique ethnographic insights into US Military culture." - Donna Winslow, Vrije University, Amsterdam

"An extraordinarily timely collection of fine articles on the military when the subject matter is in the forefront of most of the people not only in the United States but in the world at large. As anthropology is coming home to their own culture and society and the anthropology of the military is becoming its burgeoning sub-field, the volume demonstrates how anthropological methods and theories, including those by M. Maus, M. Douglas, D. Schneider, P. Bourdieu, and C. Geertz, can be successfully applied to illuminate the issues of the body, kinship, class, individual thoughts and feelings in their day-to-day lives. Written in a lucid prose, the volume should be read by all, in anthropology and beyond." - Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney, William F. Vilas Research Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison