28. Violence

  1. Didier Fassin
  1. Alexander Hinton

Published Online: 22 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118290620.ch28

A Companion to Moral Anthropology

A Companion to Moral Anthropology

How to Cite

Hinton, A. (2012) Violence, in A Companion to Moral Anthropology (ed D. Fassin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118290620.ch28

Editor Information

  1. University of California Press, USA

Author Information

  1. Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470656457

Online ISBN: 9781118290620



  • violence;
  • violence and morality intertwined, a warp and woof in time/place/understanding;
  • violence and morality, topics of anthropological concern at the end of the cold war;
  • focus largely upon political and structural violence;
  • American Anthropological Association on human rights, issues of cultural relativism;
  • anthropology, and an uneasy and contradictory relationship with violence;
  • anthropology of political violence;
  • anthropology of violence and morality, naturalization as common in genocide


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Anthropology, Morality, and Violence After World War II

  • The Anthropology of Political Violence

  • Recent Directions

  • The Anthropology of Violence and Morality

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgments

  • References