(Re)Constructing Cultures of Violence and Peace brings together eleven original essays that were presented at the Third Global Conference on Cultures of Violence held in August 2002 in Prague. Covering an array of violence-related subjects, and a range of methodologies—textual, historical, theoretical, quantitative—the resulting volume is a multifaceted exploration of how cultures of violence are constructed, and how they can be deconstructed and replaced with cultures of peace. In part one, the authors aim to map and describe some of the important cultures of violence in our modern world—interstate war, civil war, criminal punishment, religious conflict, hooliganism—as an initial step towards understanding violence as a cultural construction. Part two explores aspects of the (re)construction of culture of peace. Specifically, the challenges encountered in attempting to conceptualise, study, or transform cultures of violence are examined. A common theme throughout the book is that violence is a fluid social and cultural construct—it is made by individuals, groups, and social forces. The implications of this are more than simply ontological: if violence is made, it can also be unmade; if cultures of violence are socially and politically constructed, they can also be de-constructed.
Richard Jackson is a Lecturer in International Politics at the Centre for International Politics, the University of Manchester. He is the author of several monographs and articles on international conflict and conflict resolution. His current research focuses on the causes of political violence.
Richard JACKSON: Introduction Part 1 Constructing Cultures of Violence Brian SANDBERG: The Infection of Heresy: Religious Conquest and Confessional Violence in Early Modern France Randal L. HALL: Constructing Violence: Historical Memory and a 1912 Courtroom Massacre in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains Christopher MACALLISTER: The (Re)Legitimisation of State Violence in Britain and the USA Richard JACKSON: The Social Construction of Internal War Przemyslaw PIOTROWSKI: Soccer Hooliganism in Poland: Its Extent, Dynamism and Psycho-Social Conditions Jennifer SUCHLAND: Sexual Morality and the Impossibility of a Violent Act Part 2 (Re)Constructing Cultures of Peace Gwyneth BODGER: Generating Genre: Towards a Way of Addressing the Holocaust and Hiroshima Elissa TEEPLE: Transitions from Violence to Peace: A Cultural Change Model John MOUKAS: High Politics Versus Violence: The Kosovo Compromise Martha APOSTOLIDOU: Teacher Training for Prevention of Domestic Abuse Joseph DREW: Conclusion: The Challenges of Future Research On Violence