Violence: Ethnographic Encounters

Violence: Ethnographic Encounters

Hardback Encounters Experience and Anthropological Knowledge

Edited by Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi, Contributions by Diane E. King, Contributions by Billie Jean Isbell, Contributions by Kristen Drybread, Contributions by John Borneman, Contributions by Brenda Maiale, Contributions by Annarose Pandey, Contributions by Bilinda Straight, Contributions by Natasha Zaretsky

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  • Publisher: Berg Publishers
  • Format: Hardback | 178 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 11mm | 429g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847884172
  • ISBN 13: 9781847884176
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

Product description

Violence takes many forms. From large-scale acts of terrorism to assaults on single individuals, violence is a defining force in shaping human experience and a central theme in anthropological study. Violence: Ethnographic Encounters presents a set of vivid first-hand accounts of fieldwork experiences of violence. The examples range across Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and illustrate instances of state terror, insurgency, communal violence, war, prison violence, class conflict, security measures, and sexual violence. How do these anthropologists come to know a place through such violent experience? Why do they not leave such scenes? What insights follow from such experience? Violence: Ethnographic Encounters offers readers a broad anthropological study of violence through personal encounters.

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Author information

Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University, USA.

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Compelling, riveting reading that will prove important to researchers. J.B. Wolford, CHOICE Magazine

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors Preface, John Borneman Introduction, Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi 1 Written on My Body, Billie Jean Isbell 2 Bandh in Ahmedabad, Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi 3 Fieldwork and Fear in Iraqi Kurdistan, Diane E. King 4 The Sense of War Songs, Bilinda Straight 5 Sleeping with One Eye Open, Kristen Drybread 6 Hell of a Party, Brenda Maiale 7 Arriving in Jewish Buenos Aires, Natasha Zaretsky 8 Dreamwork and Punishment in Lebanon, John Borneman 9 Unwelcomed and Unwelcoming Encounter, Annarose Pandey 10 Guide to Further Reading, Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi Bibliography Index