Anthropology of Violence and Conflict

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Bettina Schmidt, Ingo Schröder
Psychology Press, 2001 - Social Science - 229 pages
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Anthropology of Violence has only recently developed into a field of research in its own right and as such it is still fairly fragmented. Anthropology of Violence and Conflict seeks to redress this fragmentation and develop a method of cross-cultural analysis. The study of important conflicts, such as wars in Sarajevo, Albania and Sri Lanka as well as numerous less publicised conflicts, all aim to create a theory of violence as cross-culturally applicable as possible. Most importantly this volume uses the anthropology of violence as a tool to help in the possible prevention of violence and conflict in the world today.
  

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Contents

Introduction violent imaginaries and violent practices
1
The violence in identity
25
Violence as everyday practice and imagination
47
Sociocosmological contexts and forms of violence war vendetta duels and suicide among the Yukpa of northwestern Venezuela
49
The interpretation of violent worldviews cannibalism and other violent images of the Caribbean
76
The enactment of tradition Albanian constructions of identity violence and power in times of crisis
97
Violence and conflict
121
Violence and culture anthropological and evolutionarypsychological reflections on intergroup conflict in southern Ethiopia
123
Violent events in the Western Apache past ethnohistory and ethnoethnohistory
143
Violence in war
159
When silence makes history Gender and memories of war violence from Somalia
161
A turning point? From civil struggle to civil war in Sri Lanka
176
Predicament of war Sarajevo experiences and ethics of war
197
Index
225
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Bettina E. Schmidt and Ingo W. Schroeder are both Research Associates at the Department of Anthropology, University of Marburg, Germany.

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