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A Bunch Of Criminals? Analyzing Political Armed Violence As A Social Production Process

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This chapter starts with two short accounts on the state-of-the art in peace and conflict studies as well as in structural violence studies and then proceeds by introducing some older progressive accounts of revolutionary violence, which can inform the debate further. The chapter outlines the assumptions and the basic concepts of the historical-materialist approach. It reworks on the specific aspects of the overall framework to adapt to the needs of an analysis of violent conflicts in post/neo-colonial areas. The end of the Soviet Union led to the expectation of a final end of challenges to a liberal world order. Critics pointed at a 'soft orientalism' of these Neo-Gramscian accounts, lacking a differentiated analysis of the situation in post/neo-colonial settings, overstating the role of consent and understating or romanticizing the activity of the subaltern movements. This concept is discussed in the chapter.

Keywords: art in peace; conflict studies; political armed violence; post/neo-colonial areas



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