Political Violence in Context

9781785521447Just making the final corrections now to the proofs for this book with co-editors Lorenzo Bosi and Daniela Pisoiu which will be published in the coming weeks. We will have a launch at the PSAI conference in Cork in October. A detailed description below, and more information here from the Publishers, ECPR Press.

Political Violence in Context

Context is crucial to understanding the causes of political violence and the form it takes. This book examines how time, space and supportive milieux decisively shape the pattern and pace of political violence. While much of the work on political violence focuses on individual psychology or radical ideology, this book takes a fresh and innovative look at the importance of context in generating mobilisation and shaping patterns of violence.

The cases dealt with in the book range widely across space and time, from Asia, Africa and Europe to the Americas, and from the Irish rebellion of 1916 through the Marxist insurgency of Sendero Luminoso to the ‘Invisible Commando’ of Côte d’Ivoire. They encompass a wide range of types of violence, from separatist guerrillas through Marxist insurgents and Islamist militants to nationalist insurrectionists and the distinctive forms of urban violence that have emerged at the boundary between crime and politics.

The book offers new theoretical perspectives on the decisive importance of the spatial and temporal contexts and supportive milieux in which parties to conflict are embedded, and from which they draw strength.

‘Time, space and milieux have for too long been silences in the research on social movements. This most welcome collection helps fill the gap through theoretical reflections and empirical evidence, and it contextualizes political violence, recognising the importance of contingency and agency within a relational approach.’
Donatella della Porta, European University Institute

‘This is an excellent volume which shows why, when and how social contexts shape the dynamics of violence. Combining theoretical insights with meticulous and wide ranging empirical studies from all over the world, this book makes a powerful case for the centrality of relational analysis in the study of violent conflicts.’
Siniša Malešević, University College Dublin


About niallodoc

Senior Lecturer in the School of Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland Galway
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