engineering internment: anthropologists and the War Relocation Authority


Journal Article

This paper reexamines a neglected chapter in the history of anthropology, the involvement of ethnographers in the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Anthropologists worked in the ten internment centers with the good intentions of improving camp conditions and defusing antiā€Japanese public opinion. But the present study argues that their writings had a series of largely unintended effects, including restriction of discourse about removal, legitimation of relocation, and promotion of racial stereotypes about the Japanese. 1986 American Anthropological Association

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Cited Authors

  • STARN, O

Published Date

  • January 1, 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 700 - 720

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1548-1425

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0094-0496

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1525/ae.1986.13.4.02a00070

Citation Source

  • Scopus