27. War

  1. Didier Fassin
  1. Catherine Lutz and
  2. Kathleen Millar

Published Online: 22 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118290620.ch27

A Companion to Moral Anthropology

A Companion to Moral Anthropology

How to Cite

Lutz, C. and Millar, K. (2012) War, in A Companion to Moral Anthropology (ed D. Fassin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118290620.ch27

Editor Information

  1. University of California Press, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Anthropology, Brown University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470656457

Online ISBN: 9781118290620



  • exploring war as a privileged site of morality production;
  • anthropology's engagement with war's dominant moral models;
  • questions about war, restricted to identifying modes and meanings of warfare;
  • question of human nature and origins of organized violence;
  • morally marginal war agent;
  • moral dilemmas as contractors, and the larger military labor force in the US;
  • morally marginal goals and targets, demoralization and management of war


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Anthropology's Engagement With War's Dominant Moral Models

  • The Emergent Moral Margins of War and the Legitimated Center

  • The Demoralization and Management of War

  • Conclusion

  • References