R. Brian Ferguson

2011
Dangerous LiaisonsSAR Press PublicationDangerous Liaisons: Anthropologists and the National Security StateDangerous Liaisons is a book about intersections. It is a product of two year’s worth of discussion among a group of ethnographers from four different countries studying war, violence, the military, and the state.
2008, July 24–25
Scholars, Security, and CitizenshipShort SeminarScholars, Security, and CitizenshipParticipants of this seminar addressed the incorporation of anthropological research into national security policymaking, particularly with regard to how understanding specific cultural contexts creates further opportunities for understanding manifestations of worldwide politics. The question of how the personal politics of individual anthropologists can affect the discipline as a whole was also emphasized.
2007, February 26–27
Short SeminarThe Anthropology of Military and National Security OrganizationsScholars convened to discuss the role of anthropology within national security organizations. Topics such as the dynamic relationship between anthropology and institutions of power, anthropological theories of violence, the personal politics of anthropologists, and the risks of war versus the benefits of academic knowledge possibly gleaned from war were discussed.
1995
Yanomami WarfareSAR Press PublicationYanomami Warfare: A Political HistoryGenerations of college students know the Yanomami as the example of "natural" aggression in human society. These reputedly isolated people have been portrayed as fiercely engaging in constant warfare over women, status, and revenge. Ferguson argues persuasively that the Yanomami make war not because Western influence is absent, but because it is present.
1992
War in the Tribal ZoneSAR Press PublicationWar in the Tribal Zone: Expanding States and Indigenous WarfareWar in the Tribal Zone, the 1991 anthropology of war classic, is back in print with a new Preface by the editors. Their timely and insightful essay examines the occurrence of ethnic conflict and violence in the decade since the idea of the 'tribal zone' originally was formulated.
1990
Anthropology of War, Book CoverSAR Press PublicationThe Anthropology of War

This edited collection contains important new material on the origins and role of warfare in “tribal” societies. The chapters focus on a number of basic research issues, including war and social evolution, causes of war, ideology of war, and European transformation of indigenous warfare patterns.

1989, April 24–28
Advanced SeminarExpanding States and Indigenous Warfare


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