Interdisciplinary and international in scope, this volume forms thefoundations for a Durkheimian sociology of violence, exploring thepolitical anthropology of war, the rapport between power and thesacred, and various forms of contemporary irrationalism rangingfrom mass-mediated suicide to torture at Abu Ghraib. * Offers new theoretical paradigms and original theory * Forms the foundations for a radical Durkheimian sociology ofviolence * Explores the political anthropology of war, ranging frommass-mediated suicide to torture at Abu Ghraib * Contributions are made be leading Durkheim experts
S. Romi Mukherjee is General Secretary of the French Society for Durkheimian Studies; he is also Maitre de conferences in Political Theory and the History of Religions at L Institut d Etudes Politiques de Paris and Adjunct Professor in Global Studies at the University of Chicago-Paris Center. In addition to writing on the Durkheimian and Post-Durkheimian traditions, he has also published articles on cannibalism, the crisis of French Republicanism, anomie and political depression, and Deleuze and Guattari. He is currently writing a book on the sacred.
Abstracts. 1. Introduction: On violence as the negativity of theDurkheimian: between anomie, sacrifice, and effervescence (S. RomiMukherjee). 2. Durkheim s theory of violence (Mike Gane). 3. Durkheimism: a model for external constraint without a theoryof violence (Jacques Plouin). 4. Durkheim, the question of violence and the Paris Commune of1871 (Susan Stedman Jones). 5. Durkheimian sociology, biology and the theory of socialconflict (Jean-Christophe Marcel and Dominique Guillo). 6. Change only for the benefit of society as awhole : pragmatism, knowledge and regimes of violence(Ivan Strenski). 7. Festival, vacation, war: Roger Caillois and the politics ofparoxysm (S. Romi Mukherjee). 8. Durkheim s concept of de're'glement retranslated,Parsons s reading of Durkheim re-parsed: an examination ofpost-emotional displacement, scapegoating and responsibility at AbuGhraib (Stjepan G. Mestrovic and Ryan Ashley Caldwell). 9. A new kind of fear : JeanBaudrillard s neo-Durkheimian theory of mass-mediated suicide(Alexander Riley). From political emergencies and states of exception toexceptional states and emergent politics: a neo-Durkheimianalternative to Agamben (Ronjon Paul Datta). References. Index.