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Threatening Anthropology: McCarthyism and the FBI's Surveillance of Activist Anthropologists David H. Price Threatening Anthropology McCarthyism and the FBI s Surveillance of Activist Anthropologists A vital reminder of the importance of academic freedom Threatening Anthropology offers a meticulously detailed account of how U S Cold War surveillance damaged the field of anthropology David H Price

  • Title: Threatening Anthropology: McCarthyism and the FBI's Surveillance of Activist Anthropologists
  • Author: David H. Price
  • ISBN: 9780822333388
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Paperback
  • Threatening Anthropology: McCarthyism and the FBI's Surveillance of Activist Anthropologists David H. Price A vital reminder of the importance of academic freedom, Threatening Anthropology offers a meticulously detailed account of how U.S Cold War surveillance damaged the field of anthropology David H Price reveals how dozens of activist anthropologists were publicly and privately persecuted during the Red Scares of the 1940s and 1950s He shows that it was not Communist PartA vital reminder of the importance of academic freedom, Threatening Anthropology offers a meticulously detailed account of how U.S Cold War surveillance damaged the field of anthropology David H Price reveals how dozens of activist anthropologists were publicly and privately persecuted during the Red Scares of the 1940s and 1950s He shows that it was not Communist Party membership or Marxist beliefs that attracted the most intense scrutiny from the fbi and congressional committees but rather social activism, particularly for racial justice Demonstrating that the fbi s focus on anthropologists lessened as activist work and Marxist analysis in the field tapered off, Price argues that the impact of McCarthyism on anthropology extended far beyond the lives of those who lost their jobs Its messages of fear and censorship had a pervasive chilling effect on anthropological investigation As critiques that might attract government attention were abandoned, scholarship was curtailed.Price draws on extensive archival research including correspondence, oral histories, published sources, court hearings, and than 30,000 pages of fbi and government memorandums released to him under the Freedom of Information Act He describes government monitoring of activism and leftist thought on college campuses, the surveillance of specific anthropologists, and the disturbing failure of the academic community including the American Anthropological Association to challenge the witch hunts Today the war on terror is invoked to license the government s renewed monitoring of academic work, and it is increasingly difficult for researchers to access government documents, as Price reveals in the appendix describing his wrangling with Freedom of Information Act requests A disquieting chronicle of censorship and its consequences in the past, Threatening Anthropology is an impassioned cautionary tale for the present.
    Threatening Anthropology: McCarthyism and the FBI's Surveillance of Activist Anthropologists David H. Price

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    1. In the context of my current research, this book provided some crucial background for exploring the origins of politically active public history practice This is a specialized book of interest to historians of anthropology and related disciplines, historians of the McCarthy era of anti communist witch hunts, and historians of the academic system in the US.

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