by Neil L. Whitehead
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Rather than approaching violence as a simple aberration or a pathology, Whitehead and his contributors describe violence as a form of cultural expression, in which the perpetrators and the victims both understand the coded message of violent acts. From their field research they offer ethnographies on public violence in such places as Indonesia, Rwanda, Mozambique, the Basque country, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, South America, Spain and the US. They find that violence as an expression of culture must be studied strictly within its own context, where it very well may acquire a form of poetics, or an expression of dislocation or marginalization. Whether that violence will end as the result of intervention by other cultures applying their own rules for public violence is problematic; chances seem to be good that neither those committing the violence nor those seeking to end it will be satisfied in the outcome. These papers come from the seminar of April-May 2002. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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ISBN-13: 2901930618526
Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press
Publication date: 12/06/2004
Series: School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(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

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