Violence

Violence

by Neil L. Whitehead, Mark Seltzer, Carolyn Nordstrom, Stephen Ellis
     
 

ISBN-10: 1930618514

ISBN-13: 9781930618510

Pub. Date: 12/06/2004

Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press

Can we understand violence not as evidence of cultural rupture but as a form of cultural expression itself? Ten prominent scholars engage this question across geographies as diverse at their theoretical positions, in cases drawn from fieldwork in Indonesia, Cambodia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South America, Sri Lanka, Spain, and the United

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Can we understand violence not as evidence of cultural rupture but as a form of cultural expression itself? Ten prominent scholars engage this question across geographies as diverse at their theoretical positions, in cases drawn from fieldwork in Indonesia, Cambodia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South America, Sri Lanka, Spain, and the United States. This research makes clear that within specific cultures, violent acts are expressions of cultural codes imbued with great meaning for both perpetrator and victim. "Unless the perpetrator's view is part of our own understanding," editor Neil L. Whitehead observes, "how to address the sources of violence will escape us." Covering wide-ranging regimes of violence, these essays examine various aspects of state violence, legitimate and illegitimate forms of violence, the impact of anticipatory violence on daily life, and its effects long after the events themselves have passed. In the marginal spaces of global ethnoscapes, violence becomes a form of cultural affirmation and expression in the face of a loss of "tradition" and dislocations of ethnic communities.

This book is dedicated to the memory of Begoña Aretxaga.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930618510
Publisher:
School for Advanced Research Press
Publication date:
12/06/2004
Series:
School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresix
1Introduction: Cultures, Conflicts, and the Poetics of Violent Practice3
2Violence, Culture, and the Indonesian Public Sphere: Reworking the Geertzian Legacy25
3On the Poetics of Violence55
4Deadly Images: King Sacrifice, President Habyarimana, and the Iconography of Pregenocidal Rwandan Political Literature79
5Interpreting Violence: Reflections on West African Wars107
6Before the Law: The Narrative of the Unconscious in Basque Political Violence125
7The Poetics of Genocidal Practice: Violence under the Khmer Rouge157
8Disco-very: Anthropology, Nationalist Thought, Thamotharampillai Shanaathanan, and an Uncertain Descent into the Ordinary185
9True Crime203
10The Tomorrow of Violence223
11Confessional Performances: Perpetrators' Testimonies to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission243
References271
Index299

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