Peace, Culture, and Violence examines deeper sources of violence by providing a critical reflection on the forms of violence that permeate everyday life and our inability to recognize these forms of violence. Exploring the elements of culture that legitimize and normalize violence, the essays collected in this volume invite us to recognize and critically approach the violent aspects of reality we live in and encourage us to envision peaceful alternatives. Including chapters written by important scholars in the fields of Peace Studies and Social and Political Philosophy, the volume represents an endeavour to seek peace in a world deeply marred by violence. Topics include: thug culture, language, hegemony, police violence, war on drugs, war, terrorism, gender, anti-Semitism, and other topics.
Contributors are: Amin Asfari, Edward Demenchonok, Andrew Fiala, William Gay, Fuat Gursozlu, Joshua M. Hall , Ron Hirschbein, Todd Jones, Sanjay Lal, Alessandro Rovati, Laleye Solomon Akinyemi, David Speetzen, and Lloyd Steffen.
Fuat Gursozlu, Ph.D. (2010), State University of New York at Binghamton, is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Maryland. He has published several essays on pluralism, violence, non-violent political protest, and agonistic democracy.
Table of contents
Editorial Foreword Danielle Poe Notes on Contributors Introduction Fuat Gursozlu
A Critique of Thug Culture Andrew Fiala
The Role of Language in Justifying and Eliminating Cultural Violence William C. Gay
Getting at the “Root Cause”: Why a “Culture of Violence” is the Wrong Place to Focus Todd Jones
Cultural Violence, Hegemony, and Agonistic Interventions Fuat Gursozlu
Two Semites Confront Anti-Semitism: On the Varities of Anti-Semitic Experience Amin Asfari and Ron Hirschbein
The War on Drugs as Harm to Persons: Cultural Violence as Symbol and Justification Lloyd Steffen
Terrorism and the Necessity of Oppositional Clarification in the “War” Against it Sanjay Lal
Just War Perspectives on Police Violence David Speetzen
Cultural Violence and Gender Injustice in Africa: The Necessity for Enlightened Self-Interest Laleye Solomon Akinyemi
War is America’s Altar: Violence in the American Imagination Alessandro Rovati
Michel Foucault’s Theory of Practices of the Self and the Quest for a New Philosophical Anthropology Edward Demenchonok
Toward a New Conception of Socially-Just Peace Joshua M. Hall
Scholars, activists, and students of philosophy of peace, peace studies, ethics, and social and political philosophy and theory.