Deadly Developments

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 1999-02-01
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Ten anthropologists trace the machinations of war and the effects of violence in capitalist states, from their formation to the present. This collection, the newest volume in the War and Society series, questions the foundations of classical social theory while investigating local and international conflict through the critical and cross-cultural lens of social theory, history, and anthropology. The essays combine to challenge the notion developed by social theorists such as Comte, Spencer, Durkheim, and Engels that war will diminish with the formation and the perpetuation of a capitalist economy and industry. The development of capitalist states, and the nefarious and violent processes which must occur to reproduce capitalism, are rarely realized and then infrequently analyzed. Many western and ethnocentric scholarly representations of war succeed in hiding the deadly developments that occur as a result of capitalist state formation and relations.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Series
Introduction: Deadly Developments and Phantasmagoric Representationsp. 1
The Force of Two Logics: Predatory and Capital Accumulation in the Making of the Great Leviathan, 1415-1763p. 23
Colonialism and the Efflorescence of Warfare: The New Ireland Casep. 69
Insurrection in the Texas Mexican Borderlands: The Plan of San Diegop. 87
War in Uganda: North and Southp. 107
Warfare in the Lower Omo Valley, Southwestern Ethiopia: Reconciling Materialist and Political Explanationsp. 133
Requiem for the Rational Warp. 153
The Politics of Ethnic Conflict in a Transboundary Context, the Senegal River Valleyp. 177
Ethnicity and Land Tenure in the Sahelp. 213
Detour onto the Shining Path: Obscuring the Social Revolution in the Andesp. 235
Indexp. 279
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