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Overview


The essays in Violence and Subjectivity, written by a distinguished international roster of contributors, consider the ways in which violence shapes subjectivity and acts upon people's capacity to engage everyday life. Like its predecessor volume, Social Suffering, which explored the different ways social force inflicts harm on individuals and groups, this collection ventures into many areas of ongoing violence, asking how people live with themselves and others when perpetrators, victims, and witnesses all come from the same social space.

From civil wars and ethnic riots to governmental and medical interventions at a more bureaucratic level, the authors address not only those extreme situations guaranteed to occupy precious media minutes but also the more subtle violences of science and state. However particular and circumscribed the site of any fieldwork may be, today's ethnographer finds local identities and circumstances molded by state and transnational forces, including the media themselves. These authors contest a new political geography that divides the world into "violence-prone areas" and "peaceful areas" and suggest that such descriptions might themselves contribute to violence in the present global context.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520216082
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/2/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 389
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author


Veena Das is Professor of Sociology at Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, and Professor of Anthropology at the New School Graduate Faculty in New York. Arthur Kleinman is Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Medical Anthropology at Harvard Medical School. Mamphela Ramphele is Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town. Pamela Reynolds is Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Violence-Prone Area or International Transition? Adding the Role of Outsiders in Balkan Violence 19
Violence and Vision: The Prosthetics and Aesthetics of Terror 46
Circumcision, Body, Masculinity: The Ritual Wound and Collective Violence 79
Teach Me How to Be a Man: An Exploration of the Definition of Masculinity 102
On Not Becoming a "Terrorist": Problems of Memory, Agency, and Community in the Sri Lankan Conflict 120
The Ground of All Making: State Violence, the Family, and Political Activists 141
Violence, Suffering, Amman: The Work of Oracles in Sri Lanka's Eastern War Zone 171
The Act of Witnessing: Violence, Poisonous Knowledge, and Subjectivity 205
The Violences of Everyday Life: The Multiple Forms and Dynamics of Social Violence 226
Body and Space in a Time of Crisis: Sterilization and Resettlement during the Emergency in Delhi 242
The Quest for Human Organs and the Violence of Zeal 271
Mayan Multiculturalism and the Violence of Memories 296
Reconciliation and Memory in Postwar Nigeria 315
Mood, Moment, and Mind 333
List of Contributors 367
Index 369
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