ERIC Number: ED406876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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Universities in the Business of Repression: The Academic-Military-Industrial Complex and Central America.
This book presents the thesis that U.S. universities have become part of an academic-military-industrial complex that support repression and murder in Central America. Part 1 explains how U.S. policies have been based on murder in Central America and examines the responsibility of transnational corporations and U.S. war planners in this enterprise. Part 2 documents the role of transnationals in Central America, focusing on the role of agro-chemical companies in creating economic dependency and how university links to corporate investments in the region could be used to challenge U.S. policy in Central America. A theory of "selective divestment" is advanced that describes how divestment actions used to mobilize opposition to U.S. support for apartheid in South Africa could be applied to Central America. Part 3 examines how universities are part of a larger "warfare state," focusing on universities' increasing dependency on military funding and the political and economic forces that drive the militarization of research and development (R&D) activities in the United States. Six appendixes provide information on transnationals linked to intervention in Central America, military advisors and their academic affiliations, university defense spending, the Department of Defense-University Forum, applied R&D at U.S. universities, and organizing methodology and resources. (MDM)
Descriptors: Activism, Civil Liberties, Corporations, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Foreign Policy, Higher Education, International Relations, Military Organizations, Research and Development, School Business Relationship, Universities, Violence, War
South End Press, 116 Saint Botolph Street, Boston, MA 02115 (paperback: ISBN-0-89608-354-3, $14; cloth: ISBN-0-89608-355-1, $30).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United States