Anthropology of Violence and Conflict (European Association by Bettina Schmidt, Ingo Schroeder

By Bettina Schmidt, Ingo Schroeder

Anthropology of Violence has only in the near past constructed right into a box of analysis in its personal correct and as such it's nonetheless particularly fragmented. Anthropology of Violence and clash seeks to redress this fragmentation and advance a style of cross-cultural research. The learn of vital conflicts, reminiscent of wars in Sarajevo, Albania and Sri Lanka in addition to quite a few much less publicised conflicts, all objective to create a idea of violence as cross-culturally appropriate as attainable. most significantly this quantity makes use of the anthropology of violence as a device to aid within the attainable prevention of violence and clash on this planet this day.

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And what are the cultural concepts of war and violence through which these processes of confrontation are experienced, and by what means is violence implemented in one specific context? In other words, how exactly are conflicts thought and executed by those involved? Finally, by what means are histories of violence turned into agendas for (legitimate) violence? History does not present itself to a mnemonic community as ‘given’, history is made out of social memory by members of the community who have the legitimation to externalise notions of the past in public.

Out of that rage, and the will to destroy the other before it destroyed ‘us’, were forged strong collective identities which in time – and after extreme genocidal violence against previous neighbours – gave rise to a multitude of new nations. It is, I believe, important to acknowledge that these new nations, even when they took old names, were not resurgent identity formations brought back into being by the collapse of communism but new inventions of community – far less tolerant of alterity than had been previous ones – which had been imagined and then carved out of multiethnic communities in response to fantasies of the violence the 42 Glenn Bowman others would carry out on ‘us’ if we did not first destroy them through pre-emptive violence.

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