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All Honourable Men

The Social Origins of War in Lebanon

By (author) Michael Johnson
Format: Book
Publisher: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd., London, United Kingdom
Imprint: I.B. Tauris
Published: 24th Aug 2001
Dimensions: w 161mm h 242mm d 29mm
Weight: 622g
ISBN-10: 1860647154
ISBN-13: 9781860647154
Barcode No: 9781860647154
Synopsis
Ethnic conflict is a pervasive feature of the modern world, yet while there are many studies of the social construction of difference, there are few that deal with the emotional content of ethnic violence. Drawing on sociological and psychoanalytic theory and using comparative examples from other parts of the world, Michael Johnson examines the history of confessional or ethnic identity in Lebanon and the civil wars of the 1970s and 1980s. He demonstrates that far from being residues of a traditional society, the values of ethnic honor and shame are peculiarly modern phenomena. He explains the horrors of ethnic warfare in terms of social threats to patriarchal authority in sexually repressive families. These threats fuel a style of violence in which shame acquires its own dynamics.

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