Socialist Register 2009: Violence Today

by Ed. Leo Panitch, Ed. Colin Leys

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Is this a new age of barbarism? The scale and pervasiveness of violence today calls urgently for serious analysis of: the 'war on terror' and counter-insurgencies; terror and counter-terror; suicide bombing and torture; urban gang warfare and the persistence of chronic violence against women. Such v.....more


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Is this a new age of barbarism? The scale and pervasiveness of violence today calls urgently for serious analysis of: the 'war on terror' and counter-insurgencies; terror and counter-terror; suicide bombing and torture; urban gang warfare and the persistence of chronic violence against women. Such violence entails human tragedies on a scale comparable to those of the two world wars. The fact that millions of people are living in fear of violent death is an appalling indictment of the nirvana of global capitalism that now prevails. The opening essay offers an overview of the scale and variety of contemporary violence while also taking up once again the question of socialism versus barbarism. Other essays analyse the nature and roots of paradigmatic cases of violence around the world. And several of the concluding essays deal, from various different standpoints, with the still important question of whether violence has any place in socialist strategy in the context of today's actually-existing barbarism.

Contributors: Samir Amin, John Berger, Henry Bernstein, Michael Brie, Vivek Chibber, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Philip Green, Barbara Harriss-White, Steffen Jensen, Sofiri Joab-Peterside, Colin Leys, Tania Murray Li, Ulrich Oslender, Leo Panitch, Dennis Rodgers, Lynne Segal, Joe Sim, Steve Tombs, Achin Vanaik, Anna Zalik

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ISBN 978-81-87496-79-3
Category Politics and Current Affairs
Language English
Edition Edition Not Specified
Published in 2009
Publisher LeftWord Books
Condition Brand New
Pages 285
Width 6.1 inches
Height 9.3 inches
Tags Violence , Politics

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