Monday, May 28, 2012

New Approaches to the Study of Violence

The latest (and gated) issue of the American Political Science Association’s Perspectives on Politics is devoted to the study of violence.  The editor Jeffrey C. Isaac’s introduction is “New Approaches to the Study of Violence.”  The other contributions are:

States, Insurgents, and Wartime Political Orders
Paul Staniland

A Plague of Initials: Fragmentation, Cohesion, and Infighting in Civil Wars
Kristin M. Bakke and Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham and Lee J. M. Seymour

Terrorism and Civil War: A Spatial and Temporal Approach to a Conceptual Problem
Michael G. Findley and Joseph K. Young

The Political Science of Genocide: Outlines of an Emerging Research Agenda
Ernesto Verdeja

Can There Be a Political Science of the Holocaust?
Charles King

Retreating from the Brink: Theorizing Mass Violence and the Dynamics of Restraint
Scott Straus

“You Talk Of Terrible Things So Matter-of-Factly in This Language of Science”: Constructing Human Rights in the Academy
Charli Carpenter

Too Much Information? Political Science, the University, and the Public Sphere
Lisa Anderson

Looking into the Abyss
Daniel Chirot

Children and War: How “Soft” Research Can Answer the Hard Questions in Political Science
Christopher Blattman

Genocide and the Psychology of Perpetrators, Bystanders, and Victims
Lee Ann Fujii

Genocide and the Psychology of Perpetrators, Bystanders, and Victims
Kristina E. Thalhammer

Genocide and the Psychology of Perpetrators, Bystanders, and Victims
Joan C. Tronto


Patrick S. O'Donnell said...

For some reason, I can't get the link to work properly, although it appears I won't be able to access the articles in any case, so I suppose it doesn't matter! That said, the study of violence in political science is indeed ripe for imaginative and cross-disciplinary exploration (i.e., 'new approaches'). And I happen to believe any such approach will have to be, at the very least, grounded in neo-Freudian psychology but include as well a nuanced understanding of the emotions. A pioneering study in this regard that does not seem to have reverberated in any significant degree into the halls of political science is Thomas J. Scheff and Suzanne M. Retzinger's Emotions and Violence: Shame and rage in Destructive Conflicts (1991).

Dan Ernst said...

Patrick, thanks for pointing out that the issue is gated. I've deleted the link.

jmeasor said...

FYI - the entire issue is now open source - thanks to Cambridge University Press!