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Global Security and Intelligence Studies

Global Security and Intelligence Studies

Abstract

This article is a review of anthropological theory that may be of use in intelligence analysis. After addressing the perspectives of both anthropologists and intelligence professionals, it surveys a range of humanistic, scientific, and hybrid paradigms, and concludes with a sample of applications of anthropological theory to topics of intelligence and security interest. While noting the limitations of social science and the fact that many theoretical paradigms have potential utility in the intelligence arena, the author proposes that scientifically-minded theories offer, by and large, better prospects for aiding analysts than much recent theory favoring interpretive, postmodern, and critical perspectives.

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