The Bioarchaeology of Violence

The Bioarchaeology of Violence

by Debra L Martin
     
 

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“The tragedies of violence have seldom been told with such a compelling use of the biocultural perspective. Building on a solid methodological foundation, we are served theoretical perspectives that are unusually rich and nuanced in their application to the case studies. This collection of case studies is a valuable contribution to the bioarchaeological

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“The tragedies of violence have seldom been told with such a compelling use of the biocultural perspective. Building on a solid methodological foundation, we are served theoretical perspectives that are unusually rich and nuanced in their application to the case studies. This collection of case studies is a valuable contribution to the bioarchaeological literature.”—George Armelagos, Emory University

Violence has played an essential role in human social relations. Violence and conflict often have the ability to unite, create stability, and be a productive force while at the same time generating the antithesis of these positive influences. Previous perspectives on the subject have been narrowly conceived, and this volume aims to broaden theoretical paradigms within violence studies.

The Bioarchaeology of Violence provokes readers to imagine acts of violence not as a necessary evil or an abhorrent behavior but rather as a response to certain problems. It provides different ways to think about the relationship between violence and lived experience, and lived experience and cultural processes.

Experts on a wide range of ancient societies describe how violence can become ritualized over time, describe why and how certain forms of violence emerge, and explore both the costs and the benefits of violence throughout human prehistory. The contributors ultimately aim to explain why violence persists in the world today and offer insights into the factors that can disrupt and transform violence into less deadly activities.

A volume in the series Bioarchaeological Interpretations of the Human Past: Local, Regional, and Global Perspectives, edited by Clark Spencer Larsen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813049502
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
10/17/2013
Series:
Bioarchaeological Interpretations of the Human Past: Local, Regional, and Global
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
308
Sales rank:
955,353
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

Debra L. Martin, Lincy professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is coeditor of Troubled Times: Violence and Warfare in the Past. Ryan P. Harrod is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Ventura R. Pérez is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and editor-in-chief of the online journal Landscapes of Violence.

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