Violence: A Reader

Violence: A Reader

by Catherine Besteman


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The essays in this book address the inter-relationship of power, politics, and violence, examining why the political process of managing power within states sometimes becomes physically violent. This volume brings together some of the classic writings on the relationship between states and violence within some of the best new work on political violence in local settings. The essays address state-backed violence against citizens and subjects, and violence by citizens against the state and between citizens for control of the state.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333947760
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 06/17/2002
Series: Main Trends of the Modern World
Edition description: 2002
Pages: 323
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

HANNAH ARENDT Political Theorist
BEGOÑA ARETXAGA Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas
ZYGMUNT BAUMAN Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Leeds
RHONDA COPELON Vice President, Center for Constitutional Rights, New York City
MARTHA CRENSHAW John E. Andrus Professor of Government, Wesleyan University
ALEXANDER LABAN HINTON Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Rutgers University
CYNTHIA MAHMOOD Fellow, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
BARRINGTON MOORE Previously Lecturer in Sociology and Senior Research Fellow, Russian Research Center
CAROLYN NORDSTROM Associate Professor of Anthropology and Fellow, Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
JULIE PETEET Chair and Associate Professor of Antropology, University of Louisville
MICHAEL TAUSSIG Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University
CHARLES TILLY Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science, Columbia University
MAX WEBER (Deceased) Author and Leading Founder of Modern Sociology

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Preface; R.Jackall & A.J.Vidich Notes on the Contributors PART I: VIOLENCE AND THE STATE Politics as a Vocation; M.Weber Reflections on Violence; H.Arendt War-Making and State-Making as Organized Crime; C.Tilly The Impact and Function of Terror; B.Moore Jr, The Uniqueness and Normality of the Holocaust; Z.Bauman PART II: POLITICAL VIOLENCE The Causes of Terrorism; M.Crenshaw Playing the Game of Love: Passion and Martyrdom Among Khalistani Sikhs; C.Mahmood A Head for an Eye: Revenge in the Cambodian Genocide; A.L.Hinton Dirty Protest: Symbolic Overdetermination and Gender in Northern Ireland Ethnic Violence; B.Aretxaga Surfacing Gender: Reconceptualizing Crimes Against Women in Time of War; R.Copelon PART III: THE NORMALIZATION OF VIOLENCE Culture of Terror-Space of Death: Roger Casement's Putumayo Report and the Explanation of Torture; M.Taussig Male Gender and Rituals of Resistance in the Palestinian Intifada: A Cultural Politics of Violence; J.Peteet Terror Warfare and the Medicine of Peace; C.Nordstrom PART IV: Conclusion; C.Besteman Index

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