In this book, Vincenzo Ruggiero offers a typology of different forms of political violence. From systemic and institutional violence, to the behaviour of crowds, to armed conflict and terrorism, Ruggiero draws on a range of perspectives from criminology, social theory, political science, critical legal studies and literary criticism to consider how these forms of violence are linked in an interdependent field of forces.
Ruggiero argues that systemic violence encourages more institutional violence, which in turn weakens the ability of citizens to set up political agendas for change. He advocates for a reduction of all types of violence, which can be enacted through fairer distribution of resources and the provision of political space for contention and negotiation.
This book will be of interested to all those engaged in research on violence, terrorism, armed conflict, and crimes of the powerful; it makes an important contribution to criminological and social theory.
"With typical panache and erudition, Vincenzo Ruggiero offers an unusual and original take on political violence. Drawing on philosophy, sociology and political science, his analysis ranges over territory that incorporates systemic and institutional violence, riot, terrorism and war. Within political violence Ruggiero finds the source of many of the greatest dangers we face as well as the potential for emancipation and liberation."
Tim Newburn, Professor of Criminology and Social Policy, London School of Economics, UK
1. Introduction 2. Systemic violence 3. Institutional violence 4. Crowds and group violence 5. Conspiracy and the contemplation of crime 6. Armed struggle and civil war 7. Random killing and martyrdom 8. Chaotic murder 9. Belligerence as sexual violence 10. Numinous terror 11. Violence and social change 12. Conclusion