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2015-2016 Catalog

A&S 258 The Anthropology of Violence

Violence often plays a role in social change as well as in the maintenance of social institutions. This course examines violence in its immediate, structural, and symbolic forms as a force that dissolves as well as consolidates the bounds of self and community. The class takes a cross-cultural approach to topics such as warfare, terrorism, torture, policies of neglect and exploitation, media depictions of violence, violence in religious ritual, and nonviolent alternatives to conflict.


A&S 102 or A&S 103 or permission of instructor