On Violence A Reader

ISBN-10: 082233769X

ISBN-13: 9780822337690

Edition: 2007

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This anthology brings together classic perspectives on violence, putting into productive conversation the thought of well-known theorists and activists, including Hannah Arendt, Karl Marx, G. W. F. Hegel, Osama bin Laden, Sigmund Freud, Frantz Fanon, Thomas Hobbes, and Pierre Bourdieu. The volume proceeds from the editors' contention that violence is always historically contingent; it must be contextualized to be understood. They argue that violence is a process rather than a discrete product. It is intrinsic to the human condition, an inescapable fact of life that can be channeled and reckoned with but never completely suppressed. Above all, they seek to illuminate the relationship between action and knowledge about violence, and to examine how one might speak about violence without replicating or perpetuating it. "On Violence "is divided into five sections. Underscoring the connection between violence and economic world orders, the first section explores the dialectical relationship between domination and subordination. The second section brings together pieces by political actors who spoke about the tension between violence and nonviolence--Gandhi, Hitler, and Malcolm X--and by critics who have commented on that tension. The third grouping examines institutional faces of violence--familial, legal, and religious--while the fourth reflects on state violence. With a focus on issues of representation, the final section includes pieces on the relationship between violence and art, stories, and the media. The editors' introduction to each section highlights the significant theoretical points raised and the interconnections between the essays. Brief introductions to individualselections provide information about the authors and their particular contributions to theories of violence. "With selections by": Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, Osama bin Laden, Pierre Bourdieu, Andre Breton, James Cone, Robert M. Cover, Gilles Deleuze, Friedrich Engels, Frantz Fanon, Michel Foucault, Sigmund Freud, Mohandas Gandhi, Rene Girard, Linda Gordon, Antonio Gramsci, Felix Guattari, G. W. F. Hegel, Adolf Hitler, Thomas Hobbes, Bruce B. Lawrence, Elliott Leyton, Catharine MacKinnon, Malcolm X, Dorothy Martin, Karl Marx, Chandra Muzaffar, James C. Scott, Kristine Stiles, Michael Taussig, Leon Trotsky, Simone Weil, Sharon Welch, Raymond Williams
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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 12/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

Bruce B. Lawrence is Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor and professor of Islamic studies at Duke University. He is author of New Faiths, Old Fears: Muslims and Other Asian Immigrants in American Religious Life.

General Introduction: Theorizing Violence in the Twenty-first Century
The Dialectics of Violence
Phenomenology of Spirit
Capital: A Critique of Political Economy
Concerning Violence (The Wretched of the Earth)
The Other of Violence
Or Indian Home Rule
The Right of Emergency Defense (Mein Kampf)
The Ballot or the Bullet
Selections from the Prison Notebooks
Keywords; Marxism and Literature
Outline of a Theory of Practice
Domination and the Arts of Resistance
The Institution of Violence: Three Connections
Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego
Social Control and the Powers of the Weak (Heroes of Their Own Lives)
Battered Wives
The Shah Bano Case (Shattering the Myth)
Critique of Violence (Reflections)
Feminism, Marxism, Method, and the State: An Agenda for Theory
Violence and the Word
Human Rights and the New World Order
Violence and the Sacred
Liberation and the Christian Ethic (God of the Oppressed)
Dangerous Memory and Alternate Knowledges (Communities of Resistance and Solidarity)
The Iliad, or the Poem of Force
The State of Violence
The Origins of Totalitarianism
Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison
Savages, Barbarians, and Civilized Men (Anti-Oedipus)
The Representation of Violence
Manifesto: Towards a Free Revolutionary Art
Shamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man: A Study in Terror and Healing
Shaved Heads and Marked Bodies: Representations from Cultures of Trauma
Declaration of War against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places / Roland Jacquard, In the Name of Osama Bin Laden: Global Terrorism and the Bin Laden Brotherhood
Touched by Fire: Doctors without Borders in a Third World Crisis
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