Histories of Violence

Post-war Critical Thought

Edited by Brad Evans and Terrell Carver


An essential introduction to post-war critical thought on the problem of violence.

While there is a tacit appreciation that freedom from violence will lead to more prosperous relations among peoples, violence continues to be deployed for various political and social ends. Yet the problem of violence still defies neat description, subject to many competing interpretations.

Histories of Violence offers an accessible yet compelling examination of the problem of violence as it appears in the corpus of canonical figures – from Hannah Arendt to Frantz Fanon, Michel Foucault to Slavoj Žižek – who continue to influence and inform contemporary political, philosophical, sociological, cultural, and anthropological study.

Written by a team of internationally renowned experts, this is an essential interrogation of post-war critical thought as it relates to violence.

Author Bio

Brad Evans is reader in political violence at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol, UK. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times blog, a columnist for The Los Angeles Review of Books and director of the Histories of Violence project (www.historiesofviolence.com).

Terrell Carver is a professor of political theory at the University of Bristol. He is currently editor for the prestigious journal Contemporary Political Theory.

Table of Contents

  • 1. The Subject of Violence - Brad Evans and Terrell Carver
  • 2. Walter Benjamin - James Martel
  • 3. Hannah Arendt - Kimberly Hutchings
  • 4. Frantz Fanon - Lewis R. Gordon
  • 5. Michel Foucault - Brad Evans
  • 6. Jacques Derrida - Gregg Lambert
  • 7. Gilles Deleuze - Ian Buchanan
  • 8. Judith Butler - Jelke Boesten
  • 9. Zygmunt Bauman - Keith Tester
  • 10. Paul Virilio - Mark Lacy
  • 11. Giorgio Agamben - Marcelo Svirsky
  • 12. Slavoj Žižek - Paul A. Taylor
  • 13. Cynthia Enloe - Terrell Carver


‘These introductions, penned by some of the most important political thinkers writing today, shed light on the urgent need for a sustained reflection on the why and how of violence. A necessary addition to any classroom curriculum.’
Davide Panagia, University of California, Los Angeles

‘Brings together insights from across the canon of contemporary theory in an accessible but thought provoking manner. This is a remarkable collection that will no doubt become essential reading for everyone interested in the nature of violence.’
Simon Tormey, University of Sydney


Publication Date: 15 January 2017
256 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781783602384
Hardback: 9781783602391
eBook ePub: 9781783602414
eBook PDF: 9781783602407
eBook Kindle: 9781783602421

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