Violence: conceptual themes and the evaluation of actions

Strathern, Andrew and Stewart, Pamela J. (2004) Violence: conceptual themes and the evaluation of actions. Polylog, 5: .

Author Strathern, Andrew
Stewart, Pamela J.
Title Violence: conceptual themes and the evaluation of actions
Journal name Polylog
ISSN 1616-2943
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
Issue 5
Place of publication Munich, Germany
Publisher Polylog e.V.
Language eng
Subject 1601 Anthropology
Abstract Violence is a complex and ambiguous construct, centering on ambiguities in the use of force and coercion between people, issues of legitimacy, and differences of viewpoint between performers, victims, and witnesses (»the triangle of violence«). These various complexities are illustrated by the case of Arjuna and Krishna in the Mahabharata, suicide as exemplified by cases among the Duna of Papua New Guinea and by the death of the British weapons scientist Dr. David Kelly, questions of revenge, suicide bombers, and cruelties in academia exemplified in Ha Jins novel The Crazed. Violence is further linked to the notion of a »violent imaginary« and attitudes to terror and terrorism. Finally we make a connection between ideas about terrorists and ideas about witches and sorcerers as »enemies of the people«.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Additional Notes Theme: The Meanings of Violence and the Violence of Meanings

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