Cultural Violence and Destruction of Human Communities: New Theoretical Perspectives, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Cultural Violence and Destruction of Human Communities

New Theoretical Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Fiona Greenland, Fatma Müge Göçek


232 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138577336
pub: 2020-06-22
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This volume brings together leading sociologists and anthropologists to break new ground in the study of cultural violence. First sketched in Raphael Lemkin’s seminal writings on genocide, and later systematically defined by peace studies scholar Johan Galtung, the concept of cultural violence seeks to explain why and how language, symbols, rituals, practices, and objects are so frequently in the crosshairs of socio-political change. Recent conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia, along with renewed public interest in the repertoire of violence applied to the control and erasure of indigenous populations, highlights the gaps in our understanding of why cultural violence occurs, what it consists of, and how it relates to other forms of collective violence.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Fatma Müge Göçek, University of Michigan and Fiona Greenland, University of Virginia

Part I: Definitions and Parameters

2. The Genocidal Pressures on Indigenous Peoples: Capitalism’s Cultural and Environmental Violence

Damien Short, School of Advanced Studies, University of London

3. Raphaël Lemkin: Genocide, Cultural Violence, and Community Destruction

Douglas Irvin-Erickson, George Mason University

4. Linguistic Genocide

Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Abo Akademi University, Finland

Part II: Epistemological Dimensions

5. The Interconnected Histories of South African and American Sociology: Knowledge in the Service of Colonial Violence

Zine Magubane, Boston College

6. Jerusalem and Violence: The transformation of secular and sacred interpretations

Mark Ayyash, Mount Royal University

7. Monumental destruction and ontological violence in the Islamic State

Fiona Greenland, University of Virginia

Part III: Spatial and Material Dimensions

8. Community Destruction, Museum Collections and the Work of Resilience

Alaka Wali, Curator of North American Anthropology, Field Museum

9. Tahrir, and The Many Faces of Violence in the Egyptian Revolution

Atef Said, University of Illinois at Chicago

10. An Unraveling Landscape: Harput and Mezre during Turkey’s Transition from Empire to Republic

Zeynep Kezer, Newcastle University

About the Editors

Fiona Greenland is a cultural sociologist with research and teaching interests in nationalism, visual culture, and comparative and historical methods. She is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, USA.

Fatma Müge Göçek is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies and the University of Michigan, USA.

About the Series

Mass Violence in Modern History

Despite the horrors of nineteenth century conflicts including the US Civil War and the Napoleonic Wars, it was not until the twentieth century that mass killing was conducted on an industrialized scale. While the trenches of Flanders and the atomic bomb were major manifestations of this, mass violence often occurred outside the context of conventional war or away from the traditional battlefield. Research has understandably tended to focus on major events and often within a binary superpower narrative. In fact, instances of mass violence are often hard to pin down as well as being little known, and involving civilians and citizens of a wider range of territories than is publicized. The books in this series shed light on mass violence in the modern era, from Armenia to Rwanda; from Belarus to Bosnia-Herzegovina and many points in between.

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HISTORY / General