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Anthropology at WarWorld War I and the Science of Race in Germany$
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Andrew D. Evans

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226222677

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226222691.001.0001

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Capturing Race: Anthropology and Photography in POW Camps during World War I

Capturing Race: Anthropology and Photography in POW Camps during World War I

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(p.155) Five Capturing Race: Anthropology and Photography in POW Camps during World War I
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Anthropology at War
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226222691.003.0006

This chapter uses the methods of cultural history to analyze the photography of prisoners of war (POWs) as a further means of examining how anthropologists constructed the racial and colonial “other” in the context of war. In the camps, anthropologists went to great lengths to capture (and thus define) the racial makeup of the prisoners through the camera lens, producing in the process a series of propagandized images that not only racialized the enemy, but also emphasized the supposed power and cohesion of the Central Powers and Germany.

Keywords:   cultural history, prisoners of war, anthropologists, racial other, colonial other, German prison camps, propaganda

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