Ruminations on Violence:  by Derek  Pardue
206 pages, $24.95 list
1-57766-508-2
978-1-57766-508-3
Ruminations on Violence
Violence pervades humanity as experience, public policy, narrative, and mediated commodity. The goal of Ruminations on Violence is to discuss and analyze various contours of violence as it is made manifest around the world. This foundational collection of essays, stories, and poems represent a wide variety of disciplines and perspectives. The unifying theme is that violence is not a thing, but rather a dynamic force occurring among separate, conscious minds that is enhanced by the careful scrutiny of social science.

This multifaceted anthology is both applied and theoretical in its approach, containing cross-cultural case studies and personal testimonies as well as impressionistic essays and theoretical statements on violence as a powerful discourse. The layout is thematic, moving from conventional anthropological and sociological issues of state-sponsored, ethnic, and domestic violence to media studies and popular-culture fields concerning the aesthetics and narration of violence. This uniquely eclectic viewpoint offers the reader interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives that will help them to understand the difficult issues surrounding the complex phenomenon that is violence.
Table of Contents
Part I. THEORETICAL FRAMES: Philosophy and Religion

1. Two Meanings of Violence (Dustin Howes)

2. Exposing the Roots and Healing the Wounds of Religiously Sanctioned Violence (Peter Ellard)

Part II. VIOLENCE AS PART OF THE STATE AND COLONIALISM

3. Making Distance through a Violent Imagination (William Leggett)

4. Ethnic Riots in a Small Balkan Town: Understanding Hate and Violence in Macedonia (Robert Hislope)

5. The Afro Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi in Quibdó and Its Narratives of Amendment (Daniel Mosquera)

Part III. VIOLENCE AS A FAMILY AFFAIR: Gender and the Domestic Sphere

6. The Moral Imagination of Colombian Youth: Displacement, Survival, Paramilitarism and Peacemaking (Victoria Sanford)

7. Family Responsibility for Stopping Violence (David Kaczynski and Linda E. Patrik)

8. My Dad's Gun Collection (Susan Graham)

9. Is Violence against Women about Women or about Violence? (Richard Felson)

10. Impacting the Cycle of Violence One Child at a Time (Carole Merill-Mazurek)

Part IV. NARRATING VIOLENCE

11. Journal Entries (Leahanna Klement)

12. Uberlinda (Graciela Monteagudo)

13. Negotiating Dangerous Spaces: Mundane Encounters with Prostitution and AIDS in Northern Thailand (Ida Fadzillah)

14. Convict Narratives from Postcolonial India: The Criminalized Woman in Phoolan Devi's Stories (Basuli Deb)

Part V. VIOLENCE AS AN AESTHETIC

15. Sou Marginal Mesmo (I Am the Real Hoodlum): Using Violence as a Resource in Brazilian Hip Hop (Derek Pardue)

16. Omission, Silence, and Purity: A Statement on My Recent Work (Conor McGrady)

17. The Changing Qualities of Violence in American Popular Culture (Jack Levin and Eric Madfis)

18. Trigger-Happy (Nadine Wasserman)