Violence In Society

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By Bettina Schmidt, Ingo Schroeder

Anthropology of Violence has only in the near past built right into a box of study in its personal correct and as such it's nonetheless relatively fragmented. Anthropology of Violence and clash seeks to redress this fragmentation and improve a style of cross-cultural research. The examine of vital conflicts, comparable to wars in Sarajevo, Albania and Sri Lanka in addition to a number of much less publicised conflicts, all target to create a idea of violence as cross-culturally acceptable 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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Is it a question of power games being played by rational actors, the simple inability to cope with conflict through arbitration due to the lack of overarching institutions, or are ‘cultures of violence’ driven by motives not immediately related to instrumental reasoning? 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?

A confrontation with an antagonism is not a competition since, in a competition, both the winner and the loser emerge from their struggle as the subjects who entered into it; the only difference is that one will have acquired an advantage or object for his or herself which the other will have failed to grasp. An antagonism is different since in the case of an antagonism the subject is himself or herself put at risk by the The violence in identity 37 confrontation; ‘the presence of the ‘Other’ prevents me from being totally myself’ (Laclau and Mouffe 1985: 125).

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