Peace, Culture, and Violence


Editor: Fuat Gursozlu
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.
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Biographical Note

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
Fuat Gursozlu

1 A Critique of Thug Culture
Andrew Fiala

2 The Role of Language in Justifying and Eliminating Cultural Violence
William C. Gay

3 Getting at the “Root Cause”: Why a “Culture of Violence” is the Wrong Place to Focus
Todd Jones

4 Cultural Violence, Hegemony, and Agonistic Interventions
Fuat Gursozlu

5 Two Semites Confront Anti-Semitism: On the Varities of Anti-Semitic Experience
Amin Asfari and Ron Hirschbein

6 The War on Drugs as Harm to Persons: Cultural Violence as Symbol and Justification
Lloyd Steffen

7 Terrorism and the Necessity of Oppositional Clarification in the “War” Against it
Sanjay Lal

8 Just War Perspectives on Police Violence
David Speetzen

9 Cultural Violence and Gender Injustice in Africa: The Necessity for Enlightened Self-Interest
Laleye Solomon Akinyemi

10 War is America’s Altar: Violence in the American Imagination
Alessandro Rovati

11 Michel Foucault’s Theory of Practices of the Self and the Quest for a New Philosophical Anthropology
Edward Demenchonok

12 Toward a New Conception of Socially-Just Peace
Joshua M. Hall



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