Two articles to which I want to draw attention discuss the important issues of research methodology for anthropologists studying NATO and the U.S. military. For those who do not have paid access to these publications, I will summarize some of the key points. Secondly, I will make some additional comments for those interested in pursuing research in these areas.
From Plato to NATO
The first article, published in 2003 in Anthropology Today, is by Gregory Feldman, titled: “Breaking Our Silence on NATO.“ Feldman begins by stating a problem, which starts with his observation that while anthropologists had studied and written about the expansion of the European Union into the former Soviet bloc in Eastern Europe, none had mentioned the parallel and almost simultaneous expansion of NATO into this same area:
“In contrast to its approach to EU enlargement, however, anthropology has remained nearly silent about the…
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