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Charred Lullabies: Chapters in an Anthropography of Violence
How does an ethnographer write about violence? How can he make sense of violent acts, for himself and for his readers, without compromising its sheer excess and its meaning-defying core? How can he remain a scholarly observer when the country of his birth is engulfed by terror? These are some of the questions that engage Valentine Daniel in this exploration of life and dea ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Princeton University Press
(first published November 11th 1996)
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Full of theory and the history behind the civil war in Sri Lanka. Val Daniel does not focus on violence to make his book seem sensationalistic, rather, as an anthropography, outlining the history and theory makes the book more widely applicable than an ethnography would.