Describing and theorizing “the new imperialism” in international relations, this volume presents anthropological and sociological viewpoints on the topics of militarism and militarization; humanitarian interventionism; the responsibility to protect; Canada’s role in the occupation of Afghanistan, and the establishment of what is effectively a protectorate in Haiti; the role of NGOs in the formation and management of a new global imperium; and, soft power. Specific case studies are also devoted to the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System; the U.S. Army’s Africa Command (AFRICOM); torture and international law; Coca Cola in Colombia; the NATO war in Kosovo; cultural militarization and “militainment;” and, the rising militarism in Canadian public discourse.
The geographic scope of the volume includes Algeria, Afghanistan, Canada, Colombia, Ethiopia, Somalia, Iran, Kosovo, Kuwait, and the United States.
The work as a whole covers global events since the end of the Cold War.
The contributors to the volume, drawn from the research participants in the inaugural seminar on the New Imperialism at Concordia University in 2010, are: Corey Anhorn, Ricky Curotte, Justin De Genova, Zoe Dominiak, Cameron Fenton, Lesley Foster, Thomas Prince, Kate Roland, Mark Shapiro, Nageen Siddiqui, Miles Smart, Katelyn Spidle, Rosalia Stillitano, and Elizabeth Vezina.
The volume includes a preface and introduction by the seminar director and volume editor, Maximilian Forte.
Dr. Maximilian C. Forte is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal Canada, where he teaches courses in political anthropology, visual anthropology, media ethnographies, digital activism, decolonizing anthropology, and indigenous resurgence, in addition to organizing the New Imperialism seminar. Forte also writes on a regular basis on topics related to this volume in Zero Anthropology, Counter Punch, and Al Jazeera Arabic. He is also one of the founding members of Anthropologists for Justice and Peace.