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Tournaments of Power: Honor and Revenge in the Contemporary World New edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0754631811
ISBN-10: 0754631818
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'This fine book of essays convincingly demonstrates that honour is not vanishing, as many experts have claimed, but thrives where state authority is minimal. The remarkably coherent articles cover a wide range of cases, ranging from the honour codes of Danish outlaw bikers to blood feuds in the mountains of the Hindu Kush; from differential violence among inner city school children in Oslo to narratives of revenge in the villages of Java. This is a book that any social scientist interested in the way power is asserted and legitimized ought to have; it is also a book that any ordinary reader will find extraordinarily fascinating.' Charles Lindholm, University Professor of Anthropology, Boston University, USA

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Contributors: Tor Aase, Inger-Lise Lien, Joi Bay, Roy D'Andrade, Haci Akman, Eldar Braten, Bruce Kapferer, Leif Selstad, Marit Melhuus.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New edition edition (October 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754631818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754631811
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,789,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was immensely important for my studies in the theorectical basis of honour. It was also extremely important as it looks at honour in modern ( as opposed to traditional or 3rd world) societies and as such challenges the notion that honour and honour crimes are a "cultural hangover" or "weed" of traditional ( and mediterranean/middle eastern) cultures.
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