The Cultures and Practice of Violence Series
Neil L. Whitehead, University of Wisconsin, MadisonJo Ellen Fair, University of Wisconsin, MadisonLeigh Payne, University of Wisconsin, Madison
The study of violence has often focused on the political andeconomic conditions under which violence is generated, thesuffering of victims, and the psychology of its interpersonal dy-namics. Less familiar are the role of perpetrators, their motiva-tions, and the social conditions under which they are able tooperate. In the context of postcolonial state building and morelatterly the collapse and implosion of society, community vio-lence, state repression, and the phenomena of judicial inquiriesin the aftermath of civil conﬂict, there is a need to better com-prehend the role of those who actually do the work of violence—torturers, assassins, and terrorists—as much as the role of thosewho suffer its consequences.When atrocity and murder take place, they feed the world of the iconic imagination that transcends reality and its rationalarticulation; but in doing so imagination can bring further vio-lent realities into being. This series encourages authors whobuild on traditional disciplines and break out of their con-straints and boundaries, incorporating media and performancestudies and literary and cultural studies as much as anthropol-ogy, sociology, and history.