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Ethnic conflict has been the driving force of wars all over the world, yet it remains an enigma. What is it about ethnicity that breaks countries apart and drives people to acts of savage violence against their lifelong neighbors?<P>Stuart Kaufman rejects the notion of "natural", permanent ethnic hatreds as the answer. Dissatisfied as well with a purely rationalist explanation, he finds the roots of ethnic violence in myths and symbols, the stories ethnic groups tell about who they are. Ethnic wars, Kaufman argues, result from the politics of these myths and symbols — appeals to flags and faded glories that aim to stir emotions rather than to address interests. Popular hostility based on these myths impels groups to follow extremist leaders invoking such emotion-laden ethnic symbols. If ethnic domination becomes their goal, ethnic war is the likely result.<P>Kaufman examines contemporary ethnic wars in the Caucasus and southeastern Europe. Drawing on information from a variety of sources, including visits to the regions and dozens of personal interviews, he demonstrates that diplomacy and economic incentives are not enough to prevent or end ethnic wars. The key to real conflict resolution is peace-building — the often-overlooked effort by nongovernmental organizations to change hostile attitudes at both the elite and the grassroots levels.

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In recent years, it’s become increasingly clear that emotion plays a central role in global politics. For example, people readily care about acts of terrorism and humanitarian crises because they appeal to our compassion for human suffering. These struggles also command attention where social interactions have the power to produce or intensify the emotional responses of those who participate in them.
           

From passionate protests to poignant speeches, Andrew A. G. Ross analyzes high-emotion events with an eye to how they shape public sentiment and finds that there is no single answer. The politically powerful play to the public’s emotions to advance their political aims, and such appeals to emotion also often serve to sustain existing values and  institutions. But the affective dimension can produce profound change, particularly when a struggle in the present can be shown to line up with emotionally resonant events from the past. Extending his findings to well-studied conflicts, including the War on Terror and the violence in Rwanda and the Balkans, Ross identifies important sites of emotional impact missed by earlier research focused on identities and interests.

About the Author

Andrew A. G. Ross is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and affiliated faculty with the Center for Law, Justice, and Culture at Ohio University.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction

One / Circulations of Affect in Global Politics

Two / Contagion and the Creativity of Affect

Three / The Affective Politics of Terror

Four / Emotions and Ethnic Conflict

Five / Justice Beyond Hatred

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801487361
Author:
Kaufman, Stuart
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Author:
Ross, Andrew A. G.
Location:
Ithaca, N.Y.
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Europe - Eastern
Subject:
Ethnic relations
Subject:
Atrocities
Subject:
Caucasus
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Europe, Eastern Politics and government.
Subject:
Caucasus Politics and government.
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Cornell Studies in Security Affairs (Paperback)
Series Volume:
241
Publication Date:
20010531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.9 in

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In recent years, it’s become increasingly clear that emotion plays a central role in global politics. For example, people readily care about acts of terrorism and humanitarian crises because they appeal to our compassion for human suffering. These struggles also command attention where social interactions have the power to produce or intensify the emotional responses of those who participate in them.
           

From passionate protests to poignant speeches, Andrew A. G. Ross analyzes high-emotion events with an eye to how they shape public sentiment and finds that there is no single answer. The politically powerful play to the public’s emotions to advance their political aims, and such appeals to emotion also often serve to sustain existing values and  institutions. But the affective dimension can produce profound change, particularly when a struggle in the present can be shown to line up with emotionally resonant events from the past. Extending his findings to well-studied conflicts, including the War on Terror and the violence in Rwanda and the Balkans, Ross identifies important sites of emotional impact missed by earlier research focused on identities and interests.

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