The Anthropology of Conflict

The Anthropology of Conflict - "The Anthropology of...

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"The Anthropology of Conflict," Jeffrey A. Sluka , in The Paths of Domination, Resistance and Terror, Carolyn Nordstrom and JoAnn Martin, eds., Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. FREQUENCY AND INTENSITY OF VIOLENCE ON INCREASE (pp. 18-19) The fact that today the study of social conflict has become a dominant anthropological interest is a reflection of this world historical trend. (p. 19) ANTHROPOLOGY Cross-cultural (comparative) perspective, holistic approach, participant observation, microanalysis (local level), emic (local) viewpoint Anthropology contributes neglected subjective, experiential, meaningful, or cultural dimension to conflict analysis (p. 20) Paradigm shift Up through WWII --- structural-functional approach, frustration-aggression hypothesis, order of stable (equilibrium) societies as isolates After WWII --- disorder with conflict as structure and process in unstable and rapidly changing societies (influenced by decolonization, national liberation struggles, nuclear threat, Vietnam, etc. p. 21)
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