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Rethinking Political Violence

Politics without Violence?

Towards a Post-Weberian Enlightenment

Authors: Pearce, Jenny

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  • Generates a radical new lens on politics, the State and the political by rethinking their relationship to violence, in theory and practice
  • Creates an interdisciplinary conversation on violence as a phenomenon, in order to build a new debate in political science on the interface between politics and violence
  • Argues that we have the knowledge to re-imagine—on scientific, not utopian grounds—the practical possibilities of a politics that reduces rather than reproduces violence and enables citizens to co-construct conditions to live together without it
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This book explores the potential for imagining a politics without violence and evidence that this need not be a utopian project. The book demonstrates that in theory and in practice, we now have the intellectual and scientific knowledge to make this possible. In addition, new sensibilities towards violence have generated social action on violence, turning this knowledge into practical impact. Scientifically, the first step is to recognize that only through interdisciplinary conversations can we fully realize this knowledge. Conversations between natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities, impossible in the twentieth century, are today possible and essential for understanding the phenomenon of violence, its multiple expressions and the factors that reproduce it. We can distinguish aggression from violence, the biological from the social body. In an echo of the rational Enlightenment of the eighteenth century, this book calls for an emotional Enlightenment in the twenty first and a post Weberian understanding of politics and the State.

About the authors

Jenny Pearce is Research Professor in the Latin America and Caribbean Centre of the London School of Economics, UK. Previously, she was Professor of Latin American Studies in Peace Studies, University of Bradford. She is a political scientist who works as an anthropologist and is also an anthropologist of peace. She has conducted fieldwork in many violent contexts in Latin America and was recognised as ‘Outstanding Latin Americanist’ at the International Conference of Americanistas in San Salvador in 2015.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Politics without Violence?
Book Subtitle
Towards a Post-Weberian Enlightenment
Authors
Series Title
Rethinking Political Violence
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26082-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26082-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-26081-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 342
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