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Gewalt diesseits, jenseits und am Rande des Staates. Ethnologische Positionen

Author(s): Thomas Zitelmann

Journal: Behemoth : a Journal on Civilisation
ISSN 1866-2447

Volume: 02;
Issue: 01;
Start page: 20;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Approaching anthropological research on violence means to approach a field of questions rather than of answers. It offers manifold perspectives on competing interpretations: comparative perspectives on a multitude of articulations between war and peace in small societies; on physiological and bodily practices of violence; on cultural, symbolic and cognitive patterns of violence; systemic channels and alternatives for violence derived from conflicts of interests; structural patterns with a perspective on relations between local violence; intermediate processes of inclusion/exclusion and over-arching political-economic relations. A strong current in recent research relates to the transposition of phenomena of violence formerly observed outside the sphere of “the state” to post-Cold War phenomena now observed under the simultaneous conditions of globalisation and fragmentation of statehood.
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