Violence and Belonging: Land, Love and Lethal Conflict in the North-west Frontier Province of Pakistan (NIAS Monograph Series No. 115)

Violence and Belonging: Land, Love and Lethal Conflict in the North-west Frontier Province of Pakistan (NIAS Monograph Series No. 115)

By: Are J. Knudsen (author)Hardback

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Most studies of violence in the Middle East and South Asia come from the perspective of honour or political violence. By contrast, this important study offers a new perspective on its causes in Pakistan's unruly North-West Frontier Province, challenging stereotyped images of a region and people miscast as extremist and militant. Based on an in-depth study of local conflicts, the book sheds light on the complexities of violence, not only at the structural or systemic level, but also as experienced by the men involved in lethal conflict.In this way, the book provides a subjective and experiential approach to violence that is applicable beyond the field locality and relevant for advancing the study of violence in the Middle East and South Asia. 'We should make the best possible use of this analysis: for its daring perspectives, extreme empirical findings, and wide relevance. It deserves a very careful reading for its contributions to so many aspects of our understanding of honour, politics and human society' - Fredrik Barth.

About Author

Are Knudsen is Research Director at the Chr. Michelsen Institute, a leading development research institute in Norway, where he leads a research group on 'Peace, Conflict and the State'. He has done long-term fieldwork in Pakistan and Lebanon and specializes on social conflict, political violence and Islamism ('political Islam').

Contents

Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; Glossary; 1 Introduction; 2 Belonging to the Palas Valley; 3 The textured landscape; 4 Land of contention; 5 Being, longing and belonging; 6 Condemned and confined; 7 Magic and honour; 8 Contesting the boundaries; 9 Brooding over the big trees; 10 Thresholds and transitions; Notes; References; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9788776940447
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9788776940447
  • ISBN10: 8776940446

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