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Peace-Making And The Imagination : Papua New Guinea Perspectives - Strathern;J, Stewart Pamela Andrew

Peace-Making And The Imagination

Papua New Guinea Perspectives


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Revenge in response to violence risks the escalation of conflict. Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart argue that in communities where violence must instead be paid for through compensation, violent must instead be paid for through compensation, violent conflict can be contained. Peace-making and the Imagination explores the balance between revenge and compensation in the peace-making process. with primary reference to the Highlands of Papua New Guinea and comparisons with cases from Africa, Pakistan and other arenas of tribal social formation, the authors explore how rituals - wealth disbursement, oath taking, sacrifice, formal apologies - are often used as a means of averting or transcending acts of revenge after violence. Compensation - and its broader ethos of reciprocal exchange relations - enables peace-making by reframing violent acts and reducing the influence of terror in social life. Peace-making and the Imagination presents a thoughtful and creative approach to the transformation of violent conflict.

Prefacep. ix
Terror and violence in imagination and practicep. 1
Dimensions of violence: revenge and sorcery (Mount Hagen, PNG)p. 24
Warfare and peace-making: comparative historiesp. 49
Escalations and complexities: early electionsp. 75
Escalations and complexities: turns of historyp. 105
The problems of peace-makers: intermediate sovereignsp. 138
Transcending violence: the place of ritualp. 165
Conclusions and comparisonsp. 190
Envoi: three themes beyond the localp. 212
Appendix How do cases - instances of 'poisoning' accusations - fit in with the ideal picture of relations among groups?p. 225
Acknowledgementsp. 231
Endnotesp. 233
Referencesp. 247
Indexp. 258
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ISBN: 9780702239083
ISBN-10: 0702239089
Series: New Approaches to Peace and Conflict
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 6th October 2011
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.3  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1