Waorani - The Contexts of Violence and War

Waorani - The Contexts of Violence and War

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An ethnographic case study on the psychological and cultural dynamics of violence, this text is an ideal supplement in any anthropology or sociology course focusing on human social behaviour. Attempting to serve as both a narrative account of violence and a general explanatory framework for this violence, Waorani: The Contexts of Violence and War focuses on understanding and explaining violence in Waorani society while developing a theoretical model that can encompass violence in other societies. Features: * This case study is unique in developing a contextual analysis of violence and war and in explicitly testing and rejecting the current sociobiological and ecological models of violence and warfare. * Develops the concept of Schema which provides a unitary framework for discussing both culture and individual psychology, as well as the relationship between society and individuals. * By applying the results of the case study research to the problem of urban violence, the text demonstrates the relevance of basic anthropological research to the problems in the contemporary world.
* Glossary defines key terms and concepts, while a bibliographic listing directs students to related materials and readings.
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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 12.7mm | 272.15g
  • Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
  • Belmont, CA, United States
  • English
  • glossary, bibliog
  • 0155037978
  • 9780155037977

Table of contents

Introduction. Studying War: Preparations. The Waorani War Complex. The Fieldwork. The Contexts of War: The Material Context: Environment and Technology. The Historical Context. The Social/Cultural Context. The Individual/Psychological Context. Waorani Warfare in Context. Contexts Revised: The Decline of Violence. Action in a New World: Ethnogenesis and the Return of Violence.
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