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Stade, Ronald
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Stade, R. & Rapport, N. (2023). An anthropological investigation of cruelty and its contrasts. Philosophy & Social Criticism, 49(10), 1262-1285, Article ID 01914537221101319.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An anthropological investigation of cruelty and its contrasts
2023 (English)In: Philosophy & Social Criticism, ISSN 0191-4537, E-ISSN 1461-734X, Vol. 49, no 10, p. 1262-1285, article id 01914537221101319Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In liberal political philosophy, from Michel de Montaigne to Judith Shklar, cruelty - the wilful inflicting of pain on another in order to cause anguish and fear - has been singled out as 'the most evil of all evils' and as unjustifiable: the ultimate vice. An unconditional rejection and negation of cruelty is taken to be programmatic within a liberal paradigm. In this contribution, two anthropologists triangulate cruelty as a concept with torture (Stade) and with love (Rapport). Treating the capability to practise cruelty and the liability to suffer from cruelty as universal aspects of a human condition, Stade and Rapport aim to instantiate the precise enactment of cruelty, firstly, and secondly, to propose a process of its social negation. CIA training manuals and quotidian practice within the British National Health Service are employed as illustrative materials.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2023
Keywords
cruelty, torture, love, intimacy, impersonalism, civil inattention, psychology
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-54075 (URN)10.1177/01914537221101319 (DOI)000808996000001 ()2-s2.0-85131576069 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-08-02 Created: 2022-08-02 Last updated: 2024-01-05Bibliographically approved
Stade, R. (2023). Continental encampment: genealogies of humanitarian containment in the Middle East and Europe [Review]. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 29(4), 978-979
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Continental encampment: genealogies of humanitarian containment in the Middle East and Europe
2023 (English)In: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, ISSN 1359-0987, E-ISSN 1467-9655, Vol. 29, no 4, p. 978-979Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2023
National Category
Social Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-62587 (URN)10.1111/1467-9655.14030 (DOI)001052422100001 ()
Available from: 2023-09-15 Created: 2023-09-15 Last updated: 2024-01-18Bibliographically approved
Stade, R. (2017). Introduction: The Social Life of Contentious Concepts (ed.). Conflict and society: Advances in research, 3(3), 73-77
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction: The Social Life of Contentious Concepts
2017 (English)In: Conflict and society: Advances in research, ISSN 2164-4543, E-ISSN 2164-4551, Vol. 3, no 3, p. 73-77Article in journal (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Concepts have cultural biographies and social lives. Some concepts become social and political keywords that can be both indicative of and instrumental in social and political conflicts. (It might even be possible to speak of conceptual violence.) But they are not just contentious; they also tend to be contested. Contentious and contested concepts have been studied by historians and social scientists from varying temporal and spatial horizons. It is a research area that lends itself to cross-disciplinary approaches, as is demonstrated in the three contributions to this section, the first of which investigates the Russian obsession with the concept of “Europe.” The second contribution to the section explores the military roots of the concept of “creative thinking,” and the final contribution examines the social life of “political correctness” as a fighting word.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berghahn Books, 2017
Keywords
Peace and Conflict Studies, Anthropology, conceptual history, contested concepts, semantic discontinuity, social life approach
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-2102 (URN)10.3167/arcs.2017.030106 (DOI)26731 (Local ID)26731 (Archive number)26731 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-27 Created: 2020-02-27 Last updated: 2022-06-27Bibliographically approved
Stade, R. (2017). The Social Life of Fighting Words: The Case of Political Correctness (ed.). Conflict and society: Advances in research, 3(3), 108-124
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Social Life of Fighting Words: The Case of Political Correctness
2017 (English)In: Conflict and society: Advances in research, ISSN 2164-4543, E-ISSN 2164-4551, Vol. 3, no 3, p. 108-124Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Political correctness has become a fighting word used to dismiss and discredit political opponents. The article traces the conceptual history of this fighting word. In anthropological terms, it describes the social life of the concept of political correctness and its negation, political incorrectness. It does so by adopting a concept-in-motion methodology, which involves tracking the concept through various cultural and political regimes. It represents an attempt to synthesize well-established historiographic and anthropological approaches. A Swedish case is introduced that reveals the kind of large-scale historical movements and deep-seated political conflicts that provide the contemporary context for political correctness and its negation. Thereupon follows an account of the conceptual history of political correctness from the eighteenth century up to the present. Instead of a conventional conclusion, the article ends with a political analysis of the current rise of fascism around the world and how the denunciation of political correctness is both indicative of and instrumental in this process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berghahn Books, 2017
Keywords
Peace and Conflict Studies, Anthropology, black Maoism, conceptual history, diffusionism, irony, political correctness, sex wars
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-1644 (URN)10.3167/arcs.2017.030109 (DOI)26730 (Local ID)26730 (Archive number)26730 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-27 Created: 2020-02-27 Last updated: 2022-06-27Bibliographically approved
Stade, R. (2017). Violent Communication and the Tyranny of the Majority. In: Oscar Hemer; Hans-Åke Persson (Ed.), In the Aftermath of Gezi: From Social Movement to Social Change? (pp. 55-64). London: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Violent Communication and the Tyranny of the Majority
2017 (English)In: In the Aftermath of Gezi: From Social Movement to Social Change? / [ed] Oscar Hemer; Hans-Åke Persson, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, p. 55-64Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In recent decades, research on human violence in the social sciences and humanities has focused on debunking the notion that there is such a thing as senseless violence. All types of violence are said to carry meaning and violence ought therefore be considered a form of communication. The anthropologist David Graeber suggests instead that violence, including structural violence, is predicated on a reduction of meaning. According to Graeber, the charging of violence with meaning is an asymmetrical affair: the perpetrators need not bother with understanding their victims; the victims exert themselves to comprehend even the smallest gesture of the perpetrator. Consequently, the retention of power through violence produces systemic stupidity, which is enacted by bureaucrats, the police and other state institutions at all levels. The idea of systemic stupidity will be tested out with the case of Gezi and coupled to a discussion of the tyranny of the majority in order to show that the state monopoly on legitimate violence is not a sufficient precondition for systemic stupidity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
Series
Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change, ISSN 2634-6397, E-ISSN 2634-6400
National Category
Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-65452 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-51853-4_4 (DOI)978-3-319-51852-7 (ISBN)978-3-319-51853-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2024-01-26 Created: 2024-01-26 Last updated: 2024-01-31Bibliographically approved
Stade, R. (2016). Debating the Politics of Hope: An Introduction. In: Thomas Tufte; Oscar Hemer (Ed.), Voice and Matter: Communication, Development and the Cultural Return (pp. 203-211). Göteborg: Nordicom
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Debating the Politics of Hope: An Introduction
2016 (English)In: Voice and Matter: Communication, Development and the Cultural Return / [ed] Thomas Tufte; Oscar Hemer, Göteborg: Nordicom , 2016, p. 203-211Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In recent years, Arjun Appadurai has discussed the unequal distribution and development of the human capacity to aspire in an attempt to synthesize different analytical strands into a unified perspective on poverty. In this chapter, the concept of the capacity to aspire is disaggregated into its constituent conceptual parts for the sake of advancing the discussion on the politics of hope, especially with regard to the philosophical legacy of Ernst Bloch.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Nordicom, 2016
Keywords
voice, hope, cosmopolitanism, poverty, culture, difference
National Category
Social Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-65451 (URN)978-91-87957-31-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2024-01-26 Created: 2024-01-26 Last updated: 2024-01-31Bibliographically approved
Stade, R. (2016). The Capacity to Aspire: An Interview with Arjun Appadurai. In: Thomas Tufte; Oscar Hemer (Ed.), Voice and Matter: Communication, Development and the Cultural Return (pp. 211-216). Göteborg: Nordicom
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Capacity to Aspire: An Interview with Arjun Appadurai
2016 (English)In: Voice and Matter: Communication, Development and the Cultural Return / [ed] Thomas Tufte; Oscar Hemer, Göteborg: Nordicom, 2016, p. 211-216Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Nordicom, 2016
National Category
Social Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-65450 (URN)978-91-87957-31-4 (ISBN)978-91-87957-32-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2024-01-26 Created: 2024-01-26 Last updated: 2024-01-31Bibliographically approved
Peters, R. W., Stade, R. S., Hyatt, S., Brown, K., Green, M. & Rubinstein, R. A. (2015). Anthropology's Contributions to Training in the Policy Professions: An Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) RoundtableChicago, November 2013 (ed.). Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR), 38(2), 356-364
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Anthropology's Contributions to Training in the Policy Professions: An Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) RoundtableChicago, November 2013
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2015 (English)In: Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR), ISSN 1081-6976, E-ISSN 1555-2934, Vol. 38, no 2, p. 356-364Article in journal (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2015
Keywords
Anthropology
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-1821 (URN)10.1111/plar.12115 (DOI)000363891400011 ()19990 (Local ID)19990 (Archive number)19990 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-27 Created: 2020-02-27 Last updated: 2022-06-27Bibliographically approved
Stade, R. (2015). In Memoriam: Karen Armstrong. Conflict and society: Advances in research, 1(1), 225-225
Open this publication in new window or tab >>In Memoriam: Karen Armstrong
2015 (English)In: Conflict and society: Advances in research, ISSN 2164-4543, E-ISSN 2164-4551, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 1p. 225-225Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berghahn Books, 2015. p. 1
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-65396 (URN)
Available from: 2024-01-24 Created: 2024-01-24 Last updated: 2024-01-31Bibliographically approved
Stade, R. (2014). Citizens of Everything: The Aporetics of Cosmopolitanism. In: Lisette Josephides; Alexandra Hall (Ed.), We the Cosmopolitans: Moral and Existential Conditions of Being Human. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Citizens of Everything: The Aporetics of Cosmopolitanism
2014 (English)In: We the Cosmopolitans: Moral and Existential Conditions of Being Human / [ed] Lisette Josephides; Alexandra Hall, Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2014Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2014
National Category
Social Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-65445 (URN)978-1-78238-276-8 (ISBN)978-1-78238-277-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2024-01-26 Created: 2024-01-26 Last updated: 2024-01-31Bibliographically approved
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