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Titre : Blood and Beauty: Organized Violence in the ...
Éditeur : Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, United States
Date d'édition : 2009
Reliure : Hardback
Etat du livre : New
Language: English . Brand New Book. Warfare, ritual human sacrifice, and the rubber ballgame have been the traditional categories through which scholars have examined organised violence in the artistic and material records of ancient Mesoamerica and Central America. This volume expands those traditional categories to include such concerns as gladiatorial-like boxing combats, investiture rites, trophy-head taking and display, dark shamanism, and the subjective pain inherent in acts of violence. Each author examines organised violence as a set of practices grounded in cultural understandings, even when the violence threatens the limits of those understandings. The authors scrutinise the representations of, and relationships between, different types of organised violence, as well as the implications of those activities, which can include the unexpected, such as violence as a means of determining and curing illness, and the use of violence in negotiation strategies. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9781931745802
Synopsis : Blood and Beauty brings together a diverse, prestigious group of contributors to debate this charged topic in an open, critical and frank interchange. Authors specializing in the anthropology, archaeology, art history, and linguistics of Mesoamerica and Central America bring new data and interpretive strategies to bear on the nature of institutional violence in these ancient societies. The volume covers a broad time frame, from circa 1200 B.C.E. to the sixteenth century, including recent ethnography. The volume endeavors to contextualize violence and violent acts within the matrix of indigenous thought and culture. Chapter topics reflect that desire, including localized, culturally specific, examinations of warfare, sacrifice, ballgames, boxing, pain, and healing. While there is no overarching theoretical perspective, the contributors are sensitive to current theoretical discourse in the field, including recent perspectives on organized violence and the agency of artworks.
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