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  • Acknowledgments  ix
    Introduction: Ethnography and U.S. Empire / John F. Collins and Carole McGranahan  1
    I. Settlement, Sentiment, Sovereignty
    1. The "Affects" of Empire: (Dis)trust among Osage Annuitants / Jean Dennison  27
    2. Milking the Cow for All It's Worth: Settler Colonialism and the Politics of Imperialist Resentment in Hawai?i / J. Kehaulani Kauanui  47
    3. Sovereignty, Sympathy, and Indigeneity / Audra Simpson  72
    II. Colonialism by Any Other Name
    4. A School of Addicts: The Coloniality of Addiction in Puerto Rico / Adriana María Garriga-López  93
    5. Inhabiting the Aporias of Empire: Protest Politics in Contemporary Puerto Rico / Melissa Rosario  112
    6. Training for Empire?: Samoa and American Gridiron Football / Fa?anofo Lisaclaire Uperesa  129
    7. Exceptionalism as a Way of Life: U.S. Empire, Filipino Subjectivity, and the Global Call Center Industry / Jan M. Padios  149
    III. Temporality, Proximity, Dispersion
    8. In Their Place: Cottica Ndyuka in Moengo / Olívia Maria Gomes da Cunha  173
    9. Shifting Geographies of Proximity: Korean-led Evangelical Christian Missions and the U.S. Empire / Ju Hui Judy Han  194
    10. Sites of the Postcolonial Cold War / Heonik Kwon  214
    11. Time Standards and Rhizomatic Imperialism / Kevin K. Birth  227
    IV. Military Promises
    12. Islands of Imperialism: Military Bases and the Ethnography of U.S. Empire / David Vine  249
    13. Domesticating the U.S. Air Force: The Challenges of Anti-Military Activism in Manta, Ecuador / Erin Fitz-Henry  270
    14. The Empire of Choice and the Emergence of Military Dissent / Matthew Gutmann and Catherine Lutz  291
    V. Residue, Rumors, Remnants
    15. Locating Landmines in the Korean Demilitarized Zone / Eleana Kim  313
    16. Love and Empire: The CIA, Tibet, and Covert Humanitarianism / Carole McGranahan  333
    17. Trust Us: Nicaragua, Iran-Contra, and the Discursive Economy of Empire / Joe Bryan  350
    18. Empire as Accusation, Denial, and Structure: The Social Life of U.S. Power at Brazil's Spaceport / Sean T. Mitchell  369
    VI. 9/11, The War on Terror, and the Return of Empire
    19. Radicalizing Empire: Youth and Dissent in the War on Terror / Sunaina Maria  391
    20. Deporting Cambodian Refugees: Youth Activism, State Reform, and Imperial Statecraft / Soo Ah Kwon  411
    21. Hunters of the Sourlands: Empire and Displacement in Highland New Jersey / John F. Collins  431
    22. From Exception to Empire: Sovereignty, Carceral Circulation, and the "Global War on Terror" / Darryl Li  456
    Afterword. Disassemblage: Rethinking U.S. Imperial Formations / Ann Laura Stoler in conversation with Carole McGranahan  477
    Bibliography  491
    Contributors  539
    Index  541
  • Joe Bryan

    Olivia Maria Gomes da Cunha

    Jean Dennison

    Erin Fitz-Henry

    Adriana Garriga-López

    Matthew C. Gutmann

    Ju Hui Judy Han

    J. Kehaulani Kauanui

    Eleana J. Kim

    Heonik Kwon

    Soo Ah Kwon

    Darryl Li

    Catherine Lutz

    Sunaina Marr Maira

    Sean Mitchell

    Jan M. Padios

    Melissa Rosario

    Audra Simpson

    Ann Laura Stoler

    Fa′anofo Lisaclaire Uperesa

    David Vine

    Kevin K. Birth

  • "Ethnographies of U.S. Empire cover[s] myriad aspects of American life and history, from American conduct in dealing with indigenous peoples to the Iran-Contra conspiracy and the War on Terror. . . . The nearly 50-page bibliography offers a sturdy jumping-off point for further study. . . .  Recommended. Advanced undergraduates through faculty."


  • "Ethnographies of U.S. Empire cover[s] myriad aspects of American life and history, from American conduct in dealing with indigenous peoples to the Iran-Contra conspiracy and the War on Terror. . . . The nearly 50-page bibliography offers a sturdy jumping-off point for further study. . . .  Recommended. Advanced undergraduates through faculty."

  • Ethnographies of U.S. Empire is an exceptionally rich collection of articles on the variety of forms American imperialism takes, both internally (starting with the dispossession of Native peoples from their lands) and globally. And unlike some of the grander and less grounded takes on empire as an almost abstract phenomenon, these authors approach the problem ethnographically, through closely observed case studies that powerfully capture the texture of experience of real people in real places in a world of colonial, post-colonial, and imperial power.” — Sherry B. Ortner, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

    “Bringing together some of the most compelling and innovative ethnographers working today on U.S. empire, this volume makes a substantial and influential contribution to the critical study of U.S. imperial formations. It will be an indispensable touchstone for the discipline of anthropology and essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the complex dynamics of U.S. global power.” — Alyosha Goldstein, editor of, Formations of United States Colonialism

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    How do we live in and with empire? The contributors to Ethnographies of U.S. Empire pursue this question by examining empire as an unequally shared present. Here empire stands as an entrenched, if often invisible, part of everyday life central to making and remaking a world in which it is too often presented as an aberration rather than as a structuring condition. This volume presents scholarship from across U.S. imperial formations: settler colonialism, overseas territories, communities impacted by U.S. military action or political intervention, Cold War alliances and fissures, and, most recently, new forms of U.S. empire after 9/11. From the Mohawk Nation, Korea, and the Philippines to Iraq and the hills of New Jersey, the contributors show how a methodological and theoretical commitment to ethnography sharpens all of our understandings of the novel and timeworn ways people live, thrive, and resist in the imperial present.

    Contributors: Kevin K. Birth, Joe Bryan, John F. Collins, Jean Dennison, Erin Fitz-Henry, Adriana María Garriga-López, Olívia Maria Gomes da Cunha, Matthew Gutmann, Ju Hui Judy Han, J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Eleana Kim, Heonik Kwon, Soo Ah Kwon, Darryl Li, Catherine Lutz, Sunaina Maira, Carole McGranahan, Sean T. Mitchell, Jan M. Padios, Melissa Rosario, Audra Simpson, Ann Laura Stoler, Fa’anofo Lisaclaire Uperesa, David Vine

    About The Author(s)

    Carole McGranahan is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado and the author of Arrested Histories: Tibet, the CIA, and Memories of a Forgotten War, also published by Duke University Press.

    John F. Collins is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Queens College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and the author of Revolt of the Saints: Memory and Redemption in the Twilight of Brazilian Racial Democracy, also published by Duke University Press.

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