An Anthropology of War: Views from the Frontline

An Anthropology of War: Views from the Frontline

By: Alisse Waterston (editor)Paperback

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"It is sobering, but also provocative to look at war from the viewpoint of anthropologists, especially those who have had the unique experience of being in zones of war. These essays bring special insights, but also a passion missing in the usual journalistic accounts or scholarly reflections. The writers in this volume not only enlarge our perspective but move us emotionally - a rare and admirable combination." * Howard Zinn As we move deeper into the twenty-first century, power, lethal force, and injustice continue to explode violently into war, and the prospects for lasting peace look even bleaker. The horrors of modern warfare - the death, dehumanization, and destruction of social and material infrastructures - have done little to bring an end to armed conflict. In this volume, leading chroniclers of war provide thoughtful and powerful essays that reflect on their ethnographic work at the frontlines. The contributors recount not only what they have seen and heard in war zones but also what is being read, studied, analyzed and remembered in such diverse locations as Colombia and Guatemala, Israel and Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Haiti. In detailed reports from the field, they reflect on the important issue of "accountability" and offer explanations to discern causes, patterns, and practices of war. Through this unique lens, the contributors provide the insight and analysis needed for a deeper understanding of one of the greatest issues of our times. Contributors: Avram Bornstein, Paul E. Farmer, R. Brian Ferguson, Lesley Gill, Beatriz Manz, Carolyn Nordstrom, Stephen Reyna, Jose N. Vasquez Alisse Waterston is Professor of Anthropology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. Her work focuses on the human consequences of structural and systemic violence and inequality. Her publications include Love, Sorrow and Rage: Destitute Women in a Manhattan Residence, and Anthropology off the Shelf: Anthropologists on Writing, co-edited with Maria D. Vesperi.

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Alisse Waterston is Professor of Anthropology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. Her work focuses on the human consequences of structural and systemic violence and inequality. Her publications include Love, Sorrow and Rage: Destitute Women in a Manhattan Residence, and Anthropology off the Shelf: Anthropologists on Writing, co-edited with Maria D. Vesperi.

Contents

Prelude: An Accountability, Written in the Year 2108 Carolyn Nordstrom Introduction: On War and Accountability Alisse Waterston Chapter 1. Ten Points on War R. Brian Ferguson Chapter 2. Global Warring Today: Maybe Somebody Needs to ExplainA" Stephen Reyna Chapter 3. Global Fractures Carolyn Nordstrom Chapter 4. Seeing Green: Visual Technology, Virtual Reality, and the Experience of War Jose N. Vasquez Chapter 5. Military Occupation as Carceral Society: Prisons, Checkpoints, and Walls in the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle Avram Bornstein Chapter 6. War and Peace in Colombia Lesley Gill Chapter 7. The Continuum of Violence in Post-war Guatemala Beatriz Manz Chapter 8. Mother Courage and the Future of War Paul E. Farmer Notes on contributors Bibliography Index

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  • publication date: 12/11/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781845456221
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 204
  • ID: 9781845456221
  • weight: 281
  • ISBN10: 184545622X

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