Carolyn Nordstrom – USA

Linked with Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies, and with Shadow Sovereigns.

She is Professor for political anthropology, peace and conflict resolution, civilians in war zones, medical anthropology, gender, culture theory, (specially for) Africa and Asia.

She says: “For some reason, I’ve always approached life with the question ‘Now, how could this be presented better, no matter what the product or what the civic activity”.

Read: Anthropology 2007.

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Carolyn Nordstrom – USA

She works for the University of Notre Dame, Department of Anthropology, (see course Information), and its Kroc Institute of Interntional Peace Studies.

She says also: I was born in Metter, GA, but I was raised in Collins, GA. Both of those towns are extremely small in comparison to some metropolitan area like Atlanta. I cannot speak much about Metter because I never lived there, but I can say with profound security that Collins was a breeding ground for “small town” ideology. The main focus of that ideology was that all members of that small society were to follow the social norm with very little deviance from it, if any at all. There were members of society that exhibited varying degrees of deviance form these norms and were regarded by other members of that community with the same variance of opinion. Nonetheless, not many people outwardly expressed their unique individualism without harsh, brutal confrontation from the more elite members of that community. What were the norms? The norms were that you were to live a good life—good means that you do what is right in the eyes of “the Lord”—provide for your family, go to Church, and talk about the deviant members of the society in order to manipulate them through isolation. (full text).

Read: African Studies Quarterly.

Read: ENGL 1101 Composition, by Dr. Angela Crow.

… She is also the recipient of the 2001-2002 Research and Writing Grant from the Program on Global Security and Sustainability of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation … (SSRC).

Read: the peace history commission.

For centuries, under the banner of religion, but specifically Christianity, people that have deviated from the spiritual views of the populous at large have been persecuted and even murdered for their expressions of what they consider to be their own civil freedoms. Homosexuals are not exempt to this kind of horror. As a matter of fact, homosexuals are being murdered today because of their expression of sexual preference. Although most Christian factions have resorted to much less extreme measures than murdering individuals deviant to their views, many of those same factions consider the extermination of homosexuality, if not homosexuals, as a task that is necessary for the “spiritual needs” of this country. This country was founded on freedom from oppressive tyrants than wish to do nothing more than dominate the lives of others. Many Christians, who have such an enormous impact on politics and legislation, believe that the United States belongs to them and that the government should bend to their ever-changing religious epiphanies. Now, homosexuals are being oppressed by the church in much more innovative ways than death; they are being discriminated against on the bias that they are not “correct” in their ways of life. Taking into consideration that the United States government seemingly values a democracy based on the religious views of those who initially stole this country instead of evolving as the populous evolves, homosexuals are treated by legislation as less than human. This type of degradation is unconstitutional and most definitely more than minutely deviant to the American ideal of life. (full text on

Her research profile.

Publications: “(Gendered) War” in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 28, No. 5 (2005): 399-412; “Rough Trade” in 1st of the Month VII, No. 1 (summer 2005): 17-18; “Extrastate Globalization of the Illicit” in Why America’s Top Pundits are Wrong, C. Besteman and H. Gusterson, eds. (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 2005): 138-53; “Filles et zones de guerre: Questions troublantes” updated, expanded, and translated into French from the original “Girls and Warzones – Troubling Questions (Sweden: Life and Peace Institute, 2005); “Les 100 prochaines annees de guerre,” updated, and translated into French from the original “Imagining the Next 100 Years of War,” ibid,; “Invisible Empires” in Social Analysis 48, No. 1 (2004): 91-96; reprinted in State, Sovereignty, War, B. Kapferer, ed.(New York: Berghahn Books, 2004): 46-55; “Living on the Frontlines” in 1st of the Month VI, No. III (2004): 11-14; “Prestidigidation: Wars, Profits, and the Creation of Risk” in Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies 6, No. 1 (2004), Special Edition: Risk, Complex Crises, and Social Futures: and “The Tomorrow of Violence” in Violence, N. Whitehead, ed. (Santa Fe: Schooll of American Research Press, 2004): 223-42.

(Georgia Southern University).

Find also her articles on: UN job; and on amazon.

Global Outlaws, Crime, Money, and Power in the Contemporary World, by Carolyn Nordstrom. (also on BestBookBuy; on BiblioVault;
Shadows of War, Violence, Power, and International Profiteering in the Twenty-First Century, by Carolyn Nordstrom University of California Press). The author, a Notre Dame associate professor of anthropology, looks at the black markets and multi-trillion-dollar financial networks that underwrite wars today. From scoundrels and profiteers to everyday victims, the book shines a light on aspects of war generally not found in today’s media coverage. Includes 19 black-and-white photos.

This book is translated in german: Leben mit dem Krieg, Campus Verlag Publishers, Germany, 2005.

Review: “Carolyn Nordstrom destroys the categories through which we normally look at war. This is a major achievement. Her eyewitness reporting, when contrasted with the official histories later compiled of the same events, is a revelation. The amount of ‘extra-state’ activity surrounding any war is vast, and Nordstrom evokes and analyzes it so fully, so deftly, that no one who reads this book will look at war news quite the same way again. Meanwhile, the extra-state itself, typified by Al Qaeda, has begun to drive world politics and generate wars with terrifying success.” (William Finnegan, author of A Complicated War: The Harrowing of Mozambique). (full text all reviews).


Ayeshah’s note, This book is a must read.

Deception and Denial.

sob sister.



… at the Kellogg Institute;

The battle Creek Enquirer;


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