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No Peace, No War: An Anthropology of Contemporary Armed Conflicts

No Peace, No War: An Anthropology of Contemporary Armed Conflicts (Paperback)

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For most commentators, 'new war' is 'mindless' mass action. It has become a behavioural problem. Like a disease, the risk of infection must be contained. This book takes a different approach. Anthropologists who have lived with and through the wars they describe here reflect a paradoxical assumption that to understand war we must deny it a special status. Rather than quarantine war and leave it to security specialists they attempt to grasp its character as but one among many phases or aspects of social reality, organised by social agents, made through social action. All war is long-term struggle organised for political ends, and neither the means nor the ends can be understood without reference to a specific social context. North America: Ohio U Press

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical activismArmed conflictPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesViolence in society Publisher: James Currey Publication Date: 09/11/2004 ISBN-13: 9780852559352  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Paul Richards is Professor of Technology & Agrarian Development, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and Professor of Anthropology, University College, London

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