The Legitimization of Violence

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The Legitimization of Violence

Edited by David E. Apter
New York University Press, 1997
413 pp. $50.00
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These case studies of political violence in Peru, Italy, Lebanon, Ireland, and elsewhere, which are individually informative, are packaged in an analytical framework that will be virtually unreadable by anyone not steeped in the post-modernist vocabulary of Barthes, Baudrillard, and the like. It is not clear how talk of "drenched signifiers" and "inversionary discourse" advances our understanding of political violence.