Anthropology of Violence and Reconstruction

  • Code:

    HCRI60132
  • Credits:

    15
  • Option:

    Optional
  • Delivery:

    Face-to-face

Campus:

Manchester

Module Overview:

This unit will explore the link between violent conflicts and everyday life. The focus will be on survival and reconstitution of life through encounters with both state and non-state actors, but also moral means of coping and sense making of traumatic experiences of pain and suffering. The course readings will, in Nancy Scheper-Hughes’ words, ‘continually juxtapose the routine, the ordinary – the symbolic and normative violence of everyday life (‘terror as usual’) – against sudden eruptions of unexpected, extraordinary or ‘gratuitous’ violence (as in genocide, state terror, dirty wars and civil wars).’ The course will draw on ethnographies and other anthropological work to get an understanding of interests, issues, and challenges faced by individuals who decide to be scribes to human suffering. Finally, the course will show the ways in which violence shapes the everyday reality of survivors, perpetrators and witnesses and affect their capacity to engage in everyday life.

Module Start Date:

28/01/2019

Module End Date:

13/05/2019

Course Length (weeks):

10

Duration of face to face teaching:

10 weeks part-time

Fully online learning option:

No

Assesment:

Assignment

Module Details:

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/courses/list/08264/ma-humanitarianism-and-conflict-response/course-details/HCRI60132#course-unit-details