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Peter Mandler

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300187854

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300187854.001.0001

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Epilogue To Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan

Epilogue To Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan

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Return from the Natives
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Peter Mandler

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300187854.003.0009

This chapter explains that after the depoliticalization of the 1950s, anthropology experienced a repoliticalization in the 1960s, which made recent history look different. A sudden revulsion was felt, especially when America became entangled with the events in Vietnam. Because of this, any complicity with such involvements were seen as suspect. The modern research university appeared to be a suspect in fuelling America's imperialistic ambitions, inciting them with linguistic skills and area expertise once considered as neutral. The very existence of area-studies and language programs had armed the American army and its government with capabilities for more political ventures. That is why anyone doing social-scientific research outside the U.S. borders will be implicated, regardless of the nature of their activities.

Keywords:   depoliticalization, repoliticalization, imperialistic ambitions, social-scientific research

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