Power State and Violence

Riccardo Bocco     

DE135 | Spring | 6 ECTS

The course aims at revisiting the notions of violence, power and State through the last two decades' debates in international relations, (political) anthropology and sociology, with a particular focus on the contradictory effects of globalization and its social actors. In the first part of the seminar, we will examine the (re)shaping of the conceptions of power and some of the (new) forms of national and transnational governmentalities in parallel to the subjectivity of the actors of violence who are putting into question the political and moral order of the State. In the second part of the seminar, we will focus on two specific aspect of ‘violence (mis)management’: on the one side, we will look at forms of 'State Terrorism'; on the other side, we will study the processes aiming at reconstructing social bonds and national unity in the aftermath of prolonged armed conflicts, civil wars or authoritarian regimes in the Middle East and Central America.