The Idea of Violence

edited by James A. Tyner
Collana: Kent State University European Studies, 5
Pubblicazione: Settembre 2018
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pp. 148, 15x21 cm, bross.
ISBN: 9788833130736
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What constitutes violence? Such a deceptively simple question belies a much longer and contested history over the idea, meaning, and actualization of violence. Our initial supposition is that violence is an abstraction, a constantly changing ‘idea’ that impacts the ways in which it manifests itself and how people and societies relate to it. Violence thus becomes an intrinsic factor ‒ negative, positive, ritual, institutional, revolutionary ‒ of sociological processes and as such its practices and interpretations affect and are affected by culture. The contributions in this volume address directly the philosophic foundations of violence within different historical and geographical contexts. Individually and collectively, contributors investigate how varied contexts generate specific concepts of violence and, concurrently, how different philosophies and ideologies shape the expression, perception, and representation of violence.

  • James A. Tyner, Introduction. The Idea of Violence
  • Samuel Cohn, Jr., Reasons to Revolt: Cholera and Plague, Social Violence and Blame from Procopius to Surat, 1994
  • Fabrizio Ricciardelli, Episodes of Violence in Fourteenth-Century Europe
  • Laura Fenelli, From Irony to Sacrilege: Blasphemous Jokes about Religious Images during the 14th and 16th Centuries
  • Jim Glassman, War, Violence, Capitalism
  • James A. Tyner, The Bureaucratization of Violence: Power and Paranoia under the Communist Party of Kampuchea
  • Estela Schindel, Violent Borders. The Melilla Fence and the Injuries of the Schengen Regime
  • Pierluigi Valsecchi, Violence, Hierarchy, and Personal Status in Nineteenth Century West Africa
  • Contributors
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