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Meanings of violence : a cross- - Gran Aijmer

Meanings of violence

a cross-

Paperback Published: 1st May 2000
ISBN: 9781859734407
Number Of Pages: 240

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There are good reasons to look at violence from new perspectives. In its endless manifestations violence is part and parcel of human existence, and is very probably a constituting element of human society. And yet violent action - warfare, penalties, insults, feuding, assault, murder, rape, suicide, sports - remains in all its complexity one of the least understood fields of human social life. The book's contributors identify the symbolic and ritualized aspects of violence, and suggest ways of 'reading' violence as it occurs in the world, whether as violent duelling and age-group violence in Southern Ethiopia, bullfighting in Iberia, cattle rustling in Kenya, guerrilla and militia wars in Colombia, or public executions in China. These case studies suggest that 'violence' is not a simple, universal urge, but is contingent and context-dependent, shaped by social relations of power, force and dominance. To be the victim of violence is a humiliating and frightening experience. But the many ambiguities that occur in the use of violence must be considered, to understand why peace seems only to exist as a contrast to the violation of peace.

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"There is no doubt that this book (to which justice cannot be done in a brief review) will be seminal with regard to future research and debate." --Anthropological Theory

"One of the most innovative collections of contributions to the discussion of violence in recent times ... an excellent resource [that] enriches the debate on the subject." --The Global Review of Ethnopolitics

Notes on Contributors
Preface: Violation and Violence as Cultural Phenomena
Introduction: The Idiom of Violence in Imagery and Discoursep. 1
The Enigma of Senseless Violencep. 23
'Criminals by Instinct': On the 'Tragedy' of Social Structure and the 'Violence' or Individual Creativityp. 39
Ritual, Violence and Social Order: An Approach to Spanish Bullfightingp. 55
Restoring the Balance: Violence and Culture Among the Suri of Southern Ethiopiap. 77
Tolerating the Intolerable: Cattle Raiding Among the Kuria of Kenyap. 101
Rethinking 'Violence' in Chinese Culturep. 123
Butchering Fish and Executing Criminals: Public Executions and the Meanings of Violence in Late Imperial and Modern Chinap. 141
The 'Tradition of Violence' in Colombia: Material and Symbolic Aspectsp. 161
Bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9781859734407
ISBN-10: 1859734405
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st May 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1

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