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Relating global tensions: modern tribalism and postmodern nationalism

James, Paul


What is the relationship in the contemporary world between the abstract global ‘peace’ of state-initiated violence from above, and the embodied violence of persons hacking into others with machetes as they lay on the ground? Can this be explained simply in terms of the difference between the rationalising modern nation–state and resurgent tribalism? This essay explores the contradictions associated with peace and violence in a globalising–localising world, both generally and in relation to...[Show more]

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Date published: 2001
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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