The Culture of Violence
1994, 292 pages
Edited by Kumar Rupesinghe and Marcial Rubio C.
Since the Second World War internal conflicts have outnumbered international
or inter-state wars; understanding and controlling such conflicts - present now in
nearly every region of the world - constitute among the most critical challenges
facing us today.
This volume examines the relationship between culture and violence, an
aspect of the phenomenon heretofore neglected but of growing interest and
importance. Taking as their point of departure violence between groups within a
state, or between the state and groups residing within it, the contributions seek
to identify and analyse the possible links between culture and violence.
Theoretical arguments are balanced with specific case-studies - Sri Lanka,
Colombia, Bolivia, Uganda, Venezuela, the US, Brazil, and Chile. The discussions
range from considerations of forms of violence, the root factors of violence, the
use of ethnic myth in power and violence, and state terrorism, to gender and
class factors, violence against children, drug-related violence, and human rights.
These essays will provide new insights and focus for understanding
internal violence and its cultural connections to a broad audience of scholars,
policy makers, and students of international politics and culture.
Kumar Rupesinghe is Secretary-General of International Alert, London, and Chair of
the Commission on Internal Conflicts and Conflict Resolution of the International
Peace Research Association.
Marcial Rubio C. is Secretary-General of APEP, Asociacion Peruana de Estudios e
Investigacion para la Paz, Lima.