Violence, society and the State in Eastern Indonesia: context

Pannell, Sandra (2003) Violence, society and the State in Eastern Indonesia: context. In: Pannell, Sandra, (ed.) A State of Emergency: violence, society and the state in Eastern Indonesia. Northern Territory University Press, Darwin, NT, Australia, pp. 11-36.

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The idea of putting violence into a social and historical context has been the recent concern of a number of anthropologists writing about headhunting traditions in Southeast Asia (eg George 1996; Hoskins 1996; Rosaldo, M. 1980; Rosaldo, R. 1980; Tsing 1993). These accounts point to the interweaving of historical events and social practices, and the many effects of this entanglement. Moreover, they also examine how local histories of violence compete with other discursive forms and thus represent "contested cultural resources" (George 1996:11). What is clear from these accounts is that violence has a more endemic social purpose and constitutive cultural meaning than is often acknowledged by Western commentators.

Item ID: 7301
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 1-876248-81-5
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2010 01:21
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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