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What Constitutes the State’s Culture of Political Violence?

A culture of political violence is the configuration of factors which exist lastingly in a political subject’s milieu, and determine if and to what extent the use of violence is acceptable to and allowable by this subject. This theoretical category is highly applicable to explain why some states, political groups, social movements, and individuals use political violence eagerly while others are reluctant to do so. Its model may consist of various analytical levels determined according to the type of its subject.

What Constitutes the State s Culture of Political Violence
What Constitutes the State’s Culture of Political Violence?

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New York and London: Routledge, 2016, 228 pages, $28.90, ISBN: 9781138653818.


 

Time, Temporality and Violence in International Relations: (De)fatalizing the Present, Forging Radical Alternatives

Edited By Anna M. Agathangelou and Kyle D. Killian

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Aculture of political violence is the configuration of factors which exist lastingly in a political subject’s milieu, and determine if and to what extent the use of violence is acceptable to and allowable by this subject. This theoretical category is highly applicable to explain why some states, political groups, social movements, and individuals use political violence eagerly while others are reluctant to do so. Its model may consist of various analytical levels determined according to the type of its subject. This review article introduces and critically discusses recent contributions to studies on states’ cultures of political violence. Their authors agree with the assumption that a culture of political violence cannot be directly measured; they have diverse analytical proposals for what variables should be taken into consideration when a model is constructed.

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