By Bettina Schmidt, Ingo Schroeder

Anthropology of Violence has only in the near past constructed right into a box of analysis in its personal correct and as such it truly is nonetheless quite fragmented. Anthropology of Violence and clash seeks to redress this fragmentation and boost a mode of cross-cultural research. The examine of significant conflicts, corresponding to wars in Sarajevo, Albania and Sri Lanka in addition to a variety of much less publicised conflicts, all target to create a concept of violence as cross-culturally acceptable as attainable. most significantly this quantity makes use of the anthropology of violence as a device to assist within the attainable prevention of violence and clash on this planet this present day.

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6 To break in upon; to interrupt or disturb; to interfere with rudely or roughly. (OED 1971: 3635) Implicit in all the above senses of the term ‘violate’ is the concept of an integral space broken into and, through that breaking, desecrated. Thus, in its passive grammatical sense, ‘violate’ indicates something ‘characterised by impurity or defilement’ as in, to use the Oxford English Dictionary’s own example, ‘Take home the lesson to thee. . ) – relays with it this sense of an assault of one entity upon the integrity of another.

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Similarly the men of the Manambu men’s cults are literally divided from the forces which maintain them and their communities during times of peace. In situations of war, on the contrary, they reunite with the spirits from whom they were separated in mythical times: When men went on a raid all these beings were believed to go into battle with the men and fight invisibly alongside them. . [I]t was not just the men who went to war but the very resources for which they fought – their entire ritual system, their rivers, lakes and their total means of livelihood – took up arms and went with them.

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