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

Synopsis

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 variables

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • R. Brian Ferguson
  • Eric R. Wolf
  • Joseph A. Tainter
  • Yale H. Ferguson
  • David Maybury-Lewis
  • R. Brian Ferguson
  • Eric R. Wolf
  • Joseph A. Tainter
  • Yale H. Ferguson
  • David Maybury-Lewis
  • Kay Warren
  • Linda J. Seligmann
  • Johanna M. Lessinger
  • Bette Denich
  • Anastasia Karakasidou
  • Diana Deg. Brown
  • Helio Belik
  • S. P. Reyna
  • Catherine Besteman
  • Andrew Strathern
  • Pamela J. Stewart
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2002