(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Staging the Orient : counterinsurgency training sites and the U.S. military imagination

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

BELCHER O. (1) ;
(1) Dept. of Geography, Univ., Oulu, FINLANDE


This article is a descriptive narrative of the U.S. military's “cultural awareness” training for counterinsurgency doctrine at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC) in Indiana. It shows how the “Arab,” “Afghan,” and “culturally sensitive soldier” are constituted within the U.S. military imagination through the practices and spaces of MUTC. This research argues that cultural awareness must be understood as an instrumental activity through which identities are positioned and habitually put to use, like tools, to orient strategic and tactical operations in counterinsurgency contexts. It concludes that counterinsurgency training sites such as MUTC are ideal for interrogating how cultural identities acquire a status of serviceability akin to what Heidegger (1962) once called “equipment” or “paraphernalia” that inform the practices of everyday military occupation in Afghanistan and Iraq


Article of periodic

published at : Annals of the Association of American Geographers / ISSN 0004-5608 / CODEN AAAGAK

Editor : Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC - ETATS-UNIS (1911)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 104, no5 [pp. 1012-1029]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 8 phot.




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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1080/00045608.2014.924736

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