By George Steinmetz
The revelation that the U.S. division of safeguard had employed anthropologists for its Human Terrain method project—assisting its operations in Afghanistan and Iraq—caused an uproar that has obscured the participation of sociologists in comparable Pentagon-funded tasks. because the participants to Sociology and Empire exhibit, such affiliations will not be new. Sociologists were energetic as advisers, theorists, and analysts of Western imperialism for greater than a century.
The assortment has a threefold time table: to track an highbrow background of sociology because it relates to empire; to supply empirical stories established round colonies and empires, either prior and current; and to supply a theoretical foundation for destiny sociological analyses which can take empire extra totally under consideration. within the Nineteen Forties, the British Colonial place of work all started applying sociologists in its African colonies. In Nazi Germany, sociologists performed a number one function in organizing the career of jap Europe. within the usa, sociology contributed to modernization conception, which served as a casual blueprint for the postwar American empire. This complete anthology reviews sociology's disciplinary engagement with colonialism in diverse settings whereas additionally highlighting the lasting contributions that sociologists have made to the idea and heritage of imperialism.
Contributors. Albert Bergesen, Ou-Byung Chae, Andy Clarno, Raewyn Connell, Ilya Gerasimov, Julian pass, Daniel Goh, Chandan Gowda, Krishan Kumar, Fuyuki Kurasawa, Michael Mann, Marina Mogilner, Besnik Pula, Anne Raffin, Emmanuelle Saada, Marco Santoro, Kim Scheppele, George Steinmetz, Alexander Semyonov, Andrew Zimmerman