Anthropology Of Violence And Conflict

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Overview

Anthropology of Violence has only recently developed into a field of research in its own right and as such it is still fairly fragmented. Anthropology of Violence and Conflict seeks to redress this fragmentation and develop a method of cross-cultural analysis. The study of important conflicts, such as wars in Sarajevo, Albania and Sri Lanka as well as numerous less publicised conflicts, all aim to create a theory of violence as cross-culturally applicable as possible. Most importantly this volume uses the anthropology of violence as a tool to help in the possible prevention of violence and conflict in the world today.

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Meet the Author

Bettina E. Schmidt and Ingo W. Schroeder are both Research Associates at the Department of Anthropology, University of Marburg, Germany.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of contributors
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction: violent imaginaries and violent practices 1
2 The violence in identity 25
3 Socio-cosmological contexts and forms of violence: war, vendetta, duels and suicide among the Yukpa of north-western Venezuela 49
4 The interpretation of violent worldviews: cannibalism and other violent images of the Caribbean 76
5 The enactment of 'tradition': Albanian constructions of identity, violence and power in times of crisis 97
6 Violence and culture: anthropological and evolutionary-psychological reflections on inter-group conflict in southern Ethiopia 123
7 Violent events in the Western Apache past: ethnohistory and ethno-ethnohistory 143
8 When silence makes history: gender and memories of war violence from Somalia 161
9 A turning point? From civil struggle to civil war in Sri Lanka 176
10 Predicament of war: Sarajevo experiences and ethics of war 197
Index 225
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