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On Retaliation: Towards an Interdisciplinary Understanding of a Basic Human Condition

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On Retaliation

Towards an Interdisciplinary Understanding of a Basic Human Condition

Edited by Bertram Turner and Günther Schlee

322 pages, 1 illus., 8 figures, 2 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-418-4 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (April 2017)

ISBN  978-1-78920-077-5 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (October 2018)

eISBN 978-1-78533-419-1 eBook

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On Retaliation is impressive, exciting and full of insight. It will be a valuable and widely referred to contribution to academic scholarship and to policy formation in an extremely critical area of national and global concern.” · Andrew Arno, University of Hawai’i


Retaliation is associated with all forms of social and political organization, and retaliatory logics inform many different conflict resolution procedures from consensual settlement to compensation to violent escalations. This book derives a concept of retaliation from the overall notion of reciprocity, defining retaliation as the human disposition to strive for a reactive balancing of conflicts and injustices. On Retaliation presents a synthesized approach to both the violence-generating and violence-avoiding potentials of retaliation. Contributors to this volume touch upon the interaction between retaliation and violence, the state’s monopoly on legitimate punishment and the factors of socio-political frameworks, religious interpretations and economic processes.

Bertram Turner is an anthropologist and a senior researcher in the department ‘Law and Anthropology’ at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany. He has conducted extended field research in the Middle East and North Africa, Germany and Canada and has held university teaching positions in Munich, Leipzig and Halle and has published widely on the anthropology of law, religion, conflict, morality, development and resource extraction.

Günther Schlee is one of the Founding Directors of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany. He conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan, and was a guest lecturer in Padang (Sumatra) and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales in Paris. Currently, he is one of the spokespersons of the International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment

Subject: Anthropology (General)Peace and Conflict Studies


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