The Logic of Violence in Civil War / Edition 1

The Logic of Violence in Civil War / Edition 1

by Stathis N. Kalyvas
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521670047

ISBN-13: 9780521670043

Pub. Date: 04/30/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

By analytically decoupling war and violence, this book explores the causes and dynamics of violence in civil war. Against the prevailing view that such violence is an instance of impenetrable madness, the book demonstrates that there is logic to it and that it has much less to do with collective emotions, ideologies, and cultures than currently believed. Kalyvas

Overview

By analytically decoupling war and violence, this book explores the causes and dynamics of violence in civil war. Against the prevailing view that such violence is an instance of impenetrable madness, the book demonstrates that there is logic to it and that it has much less to do with collective emotions, ideologies, and cultures than currently believed. Kalyvas specifies a novel theory of selective violence: it is jointly produced by political actors seeking information and individual civilians trying to avoid the worst but also grabbing what opportunities their predicament affords them. Violence, he finds, is never a simple reflection of the optimal strategy of its users; its profoundly interactive character defeats simple maximization logics while producing surprising outcomes, such as relative nonviolence in the 'frontlines' of civil war.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521670043
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
508
Sales rank:
372,176
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Concepts and definitions; 2. Pathologies; 3. Barbarism; 4. A theory of irregular war I: collaboration; 5. A theory of irregular war II: control; 6. The logic of indiscriminate violence; 7. A theory of selective violence; 8. Empirics I: comparative evidence; 9. Empirics II: microcomparative evidence; 10. Intimacy; 11. Cleavage and agency; Conclusion.

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