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Anthropology of Violence and Conflict


Anthropology of Violence and Conflict

For postings, discussion, etc. on the study of violence

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Comment by Lee Drummond on January 7, 2016 at 8:59pm

 Participants in this group may be interested in a forum currently underway on OAC, "Violence," organized by Ryan Anderson.  Diverse perspectives are welcome and important in approaching this important subject.  

Comment by Julio Hasbún on December 17, 2010 at 5:17am
Excellent! I live in Chile, wish I think is a good example of latent violence, it's about a sensation, like a silence, but sometimes emerge in very different ways.
Conflict is a natural process in society, right, but the ways it manifest, like Meenakshie said, takes multiple materials: in Chile it's a 'charged silence', not a 'wordy' style. (excuse my english:don't be violent with me ;-)
Comment by Meenakshie VERMA on July 26, 2010 at 10:11pm
I absolutely agree with this phenomenological approach to an understanding of violence through speech acts, body language and sheer everydayness and how the pathology of violence gets normalized through a descent into the mundane business of every day. What is of sheer interest is how people who have lived through violence as victims/perpetrators or by standers begin to incorporate myths, symbols and metaphors to comprehend and conceptualize violence. Most of the time great theoretical comprehension comes through speech acts of every day!
Comment by Zoe H Wool on July 26, 2010 at 8:02pm
I taught a course on Violence and the Everyday last term at the University of Toronto and took sort of the inverse of Verma's approach, putting some heavy duty theory up front.

The focus was on the continuity between the mundane activities of daily life and marked forms of violence and suffering and on the potential of violence and presence of pain that reside in daily life both in places marked by past violence and not. It was a small 4th year seminar, and, on the whole, I think it was pretty successful.

I am (I hope!) attaching my syllabus here, for anyone who wants to take a peek, and please feel free to let me know what you think of it. ANT431 Complete Syllabus.doc

Comment by Meenakshie VERMA on July 26, 2010 at 6:58pm
I can imagine teaching anthropology of violence can be quite a task! Kudos to you. For me I have conducted workshops and lectured students before they have left for the field. In India and South Asia what we have is ethnic and communal conflict mostly in the civil society. There is also anti state violence by the extremist groups. I ask the students to find out how do the perpetrators and the victims of violence give a meaning to the event. To find out the cultural/political/social and psychological dimensions of the lived and experienced violence. Only after that I move on to the theoretical formulations on violence. It takes a while but, it helps tremendously to understand the myriad structures through which violence speaks./let me know how other anthropologists look at this
Comment by Charisma A. Thomson on July 24, 2010 at 6:28am
I just finished teaching a course I designed on the anthropology of violence and conflict. The course was well received but I was wondering if other kind souls here, who have taught a similar course before, or those who have an interest in it, would be willing to share insights and/or reading suggestions. May Boas be with you....cheers :).

Comment by Zoe H Wool on May 30, 2010 at 6:05pm
Hi Rick,

Thanks for your interest. I'm working on a few pieces at the moment and will do my best to let you know when they're available.
Comment by Rick Holden on May 28, 2010 at 2:21am

I've heard about your work and I'm very interested in it. Do you know when it will be available?
Oh, and I guess I should introduce myself as per custom. As a former sailor and soldier I am very interested both in the nature of human conflict and the ways that we are motivated towards directed violence.

Comment by Zoe H Wool on March 22, 2010 at 4:23pm
Hi All,
Just joined the group. Am currently writing/finishing my dissertation (Emergent Ordinaries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center: An Ethnography of Extra/ordinary Encounter) which looks at experiences of ontological transformation wrought by the violences of war and the dialectical relationship between the ordinary and the extraordinary in lives marked by violence.
Comment by Sylvia Karl on February 24, 2010 at 6:04pm
Hi, I just joined the network. I am doing my phD research on violence, conflict in Latin America, especially Mexico. The focus is on enforced disappearance. I was wondering if there is anybody who is working on enforced disappearance as well in any other region in the world or as well in Latin America? With regards, Sylvia

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