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Interventions : Activists and Academics Respond to Violence - Elizabeth A. Castelli


Activists and Academics Respond to Violence

By: Elizabeth A. Castelli (Editor), Janet R. Jakobsen (Editor)

Paperback Published: 24th November 2004
ISBN: 9781403965820
Number Of Pages: 247

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This collection brings together top scholars to discuss the significance of violence from a global perspective and the intersections between the global structures of violence and more localized and intimate forms of violence. Activists and academics consider questions such as; are there situations in which violence should be politically supported? Are non-violent or anti-war movements in the US able to effectively respond to violence? Do we need to rethink our understanding of both 'religion' and 'secularism' in light of the current world situation? Have new paradigms been developed in response to violence? The essays in this collection offer inclusive analysis of particular situations and creative alternatives to the omnipresence of violence.

'There is a long tradition of intellectuals responding to violence, particularly if there is a provocation such as the US invasion in Iraq. Castelli and Jakobsen have edited a book with a wide range of articles, most of them written from a feminist point of view. All are in some way related to violence. Basically, they try to contribute to the development of new and more comprehensive vocabularies for analyzing violence and revitalized strategies for antiviolence activism...For the peace research community, this book brings together articles that try to focus on violence from a feminist or at least from a female point of view. This is the most relevant and fruitful aspect of the book.' - Journal of Peace Research

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Feminists Responding to Violence: Theories, Vocabularies, and Strategiesp. 1
Terms of Engagement
Feminism in the Time of Violencep. 13
The Wrong Victims: Terrorism, Trauma, and Symbolic Violencep. 23
Definitions and Injuries of Violencep. 29
Filling the Sight by Force: A Meditation on the Violence of the Vernacularp. 37
Rethinking Responses to Violence, Rethinking the Safety of "Home"p. 41
Violence of Protectionp. 47
Is Secularism Less Violent than Religion?p. 53
Violence and the U.S. Political Regime
Biblical Promise and Threat in U.S. Imperialist Rhetoric, Before and After 9/11p. 71
The Best Defense? The Problem with Bush's "Preemptive" War Strategyp. 89
The Erosion of Democracy in Advancing the Bush Administration's Iraq Agenda: Government Lies and Misinformation and Media Complicityp. 103
Contexts and Locations of Violence
Naming Enmity: The Case of Israel/Palestinep. 119
Toward a Cherokee Theory of Violencep. 131
Dangerous Crossings: Violence at the Bordersp. 133
Domestic Terrorp. 143
Testifying to Violence: Gujarat as a State of Exceptionp. 149
Challenging What We Mean by Conflict Prevention: The Experience of East Timorp. 161
Antiviolence Ethics and Strategies: Coalitions, Theatres, Interdependencies
Sisterhood after Terrorism: Filipino Ecumenical Women and the U.S. Warsp. 175
The Female Body as Site of Attack: Will the "Real" Muslim Woman's Body Please Reveal Itself?p. 187
Responses to Violence: Healing vs. Punishmentp. 197
Our Enemies, Ourselves: Why Antiviolence Movements Must Replace the Dualism of "Us and Them" with an Ethic of Interdependencep. 203
Recommended Bibliographyp. 217
Contributorsp. 231
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9781403965820
ISBN-10: 140396582X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 247
Published: 24th November 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 16.41  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1