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Accession Number ADA584075
Title Dehumanization and Irregular Warfare.
Publication Date Jun 2013
Media Count 67p
Personal Author A. S. Ford
Abstract In the current global environment, the practice of dehumanization (i.e., the stripping away of common attributes among people that call for respect and constrain violence) and the misperception it creates have resulted in misguided attempts by militaries to influence the center of gravity in irregular warfare: the civilian population. Traditional thought in this matter implies that cultural training is the most important factor in creating more effective influence operations when dealing in irregular warfare scenarios. By examining dehumanization and the factors that cause it in irregular warfare environments, this thesis will provide a framework for better understanding how dehumanization impacts influence operations. The analysis seeks to explain how dehumanization occurs and how it can be prevented, thereby setting the necessary conditions for effective population influence.
Keywords Afghanistan conflict
Case studies
Center of gravity
Civilian population
Cross-cultural misunderstandings
Cultural differences
Irregular warfare
Lessons learned
Philippine-american war
Population-centric warfare
Psychological operations
Public relations
Vietnam war

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92B - Psychology
92C - Social Concerns
57T - Psychiatry
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Defense Analysis Dept.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1402
Contract Number N/A

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