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

in Anthropology at War

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780226222677
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226222691 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226222691.003.0006
Capturing Race: Anthropology and Photography in POW Camps during World War I

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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

Chapter.  10392 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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