The Anthropology and Ethnography of Violence and Sociopolitical Conflic1

The Anthropology and Ethnography of Violence and Sociopolitical Conflic1

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" The Anthropology and Ethnography of Violence and Sociopolitical Conflict, " Antonius C.G.M. Robben and Carolyn Nordstrom, 1995, in Fieldwork Under Fire: Contemporary Studies of Violence and Survival, C. Nordstrom and A.C.G.M. Robben eds., Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, pp. 1- 23. I. What is violence (including war)? key = violence (including war) is culturally constructed, i.e. has to do with meaning and conflicting meanings (cf. Mead's war is only a cultural invention not a biological necessity) 1. Life threatening crisis (immediate, intense, dramatic, trauma, danger) 2. Chaos (confusing, bewildering, havoc) 3. Senseless (ambiguous, inconclusive, indeterminate, incongruence, irrational) 4. Conflict (contested) 5. Power struggle (structure, context) in essence ---- war is a conflict between armed forces which is lethal, chaotic, and often senseless (yet can be an everyday experience for ordinary people in some places) II. How do anthropologists study violence (including war)?
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