Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
In (H)Arm's Way: A Look Into the Culture of the Defense and Security Industry
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Through an examination of the businesses and people that support war-making, collectively known as the defense and security industry, this thesis reveals the controlling processes at work that make the business of war palatable to those who work within the industry. Three controlling processes are examined: (1) The industry’s culturally specific language; a barrier built with syntax, preventing both entry from outsiders and exit by insiders, allowing for institutionalized insanity to set in while also legitimizing the business pursuits of these companies as normal and acceptable; (2) The scientific pursuit and technology itself, supported and maintained by the exalted position the pursuit of science holds in Western society, and the assumption that technological innovation is always an intellectual and noble pursuit, which is critical to the industry’s survival; (3) The ideologies of Western liberal democracy that buttresses the industry; defined primarily by insecurity, assumed moral authority, and neoliberal capitalism/short-term self-interest. The terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001 served as a springboard for the industry to imbed itself into domestic settings, and carry-out acts of war in faraway countries without the consent of the people, thereby threatening the democratic ideals it claims to protect.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 85
Series
Masteruppsatser i kulturantropologi, ISSN 1653-2244 ; 96
Keywords [en]
anthropology, defense, defence, security, arms trade, military, war
National Category
Social Anthropology Cultural Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-398037OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-398037DiVA, id: diva2:1374408
Subject / course
Cultural Anthropology
Supervisors
Examiners
Available from: 2019-12-03 Created: 2019-11-30 Last updated: 2019-12-03Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(8399 kB)10 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 8399 kBChecksum SHA-512
9f48e5bcee7da14a8b0e6d8a700c74e382a6ce9f0d0928d5db2cd4c95ee1d0051ff9da695d4874370158b557b6fad260c65e8a069a4b5a9dfb1ec366895550f6
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology
Social AnthropologyCultural Studies

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 10 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf