The State, Identity and Violence

The State, Identity and Violence : Political Disintegration in the Post-Cold War World

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In this book, a collection of experts investigate the varied forces - from global systems to local beliefs - that lead to civil violence, chaos and, perhaps, a new political order. The State, Identity and Violence explores acts of mass violence occurring within national borders and examines the links such acts have to personal identities and how they challenge the character or very existence of the state. Building upon the anthropological premises of holism and cross-cultural comparison, this volume shows how violent challenges to existing states should be conceptualized as layered problems, with multiple kinds of causes. It not only goes beyond the "ancient hatreds" explanation, but shows the inadequacy of the concept of "ethnic violence" and of theories which treat interests and identities as separate, sometimes opposed variablesshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 18.03mm | 476.27g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138874426
  • 9781138874428

Table of contents

Introduction Violent Conflict and Control of the State R. Brian Ferguson Commentaries Comments on the State under Siege Eric R. Wolfe Forces of Reaction and Changes of Scale in the World System of States Jospeh A. Tainter The Stat Concept and a World of Politics Under Perpetual Siege Yale H. Ferguson Tribalism, Ethnicity and the State David Maybury-Lewis Culture, Violence, and Ethnic Nationalism: Weighing Alternative Strategies of Explanation and Media Representation Kay Warren Cases Civil War in Peru: Culture and Violence in Historical Perspective Linda J. Seligmann 'Religious' Violence in India: Ayodhya and the Hindu Right Johanna Lessinger The Specter of Superfluity: Genesis of Schism in the Dismatling of Yugoslavia Bette Denich From the Margins to the Center: The Macedonian Controversy in Contemporary Greece Anastasia Karakasidou Liberia; Civil War and th 'Collapse' of the Settle State Diana DeG. Brown Angola and the Fragmentation of the Post-Colonial African State Helio Belik A Cold War Story, The Barbarization of Chad (1966-1991) S. P. Reyna The Cold War, Clans, and Chaos in Somalia: A View from the Ground Catherine Besteman Conflicts vs. Contracts: Political Flows and Blockages in Papua New Guinea Andrew Strathernshow more