Violence in War and Peace

TitleViolence in War and Peace
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsScheper-Hughes, Nancy, and Philippe Bourgois
Number of Pages496
PublisherBlackwell Publishing
CityMalden, MA

From Hannah Arendt's "banality of evil" to Joseph Conrad's "fascination of the abomination," humankind has struggled to make sense of human-upon-human violence. This volume is an exploration of social, literary, and philosophical theories of violence. Bringing together a collection of readings drawn from a range of sources that look at various conceptions and modes of violence, this volume juxtaposes the routine violence of everyday life against the sudden outcropping of extraordinary violence such as the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, the state violence of Argentina's Dirty War, and organized criminal violence. 

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