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Deadly Contradictions

The New American Empire and Global Warring

Stephen P. Reyna

668 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-079-7 $200.00/£142.00 Hb Published (August 2016)

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“This is an amazing book, a page-turner, a true game-changer, one of those grand oeuvres that an academic discipline produces once a decade at best.” · Patrick Neveling, Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht University

“This book is certainly a tour de force … it [offers] a fresh theoretical approach that is rigorously tested in terms of evidence and against alternative interpretations … a profoundly critical work.” · John Gledhill, Social Anthropology, University of Manchester
 

As US imperialism continues to dictate foreign policy, Deadly Contradictions is a compelling account of the American empire. Stephen P. Reyna argues that contemporary forms of violence exercised by American elites in the colonies, client state, and regions of interest have deferred imperial problems, but not without raising their own set of deadly contradictions. This book can be read many ways: as a polemic against geopolitics, as a classic social anthropological text, or as a seminal analysis of twenty-four US global wars during the Cold War and post-Cold War eras.
 

Stephen P. Reyna is an associate of the Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology in Halle/Salle and Honorary Professor at the University of Manchester’s Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute. He is the co-editor of the journal Anthropological Theory.

Subject: Peace & Conflict Studies General Anthropology
Area:

LC: E744 .R458 2016

BISAC: SOC019000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Methodology; POL011000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/International Relations/General; SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural

BIC: JHM Anthropology; HBG General & world history




Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Glossary

Introduction

PART I: THEORY

Chapter 1. Global Warring Theory: A Critical Structural Realist Approach
Chapter 2. Imperialism: ‘A Monster of Energy’

PART II: PLAUSIBILITY 1: NEW AMERICAN EMPIRE

Chapter 3. A Real Shape Shifter: American Empire 1783-1944
Chapter 4. ‘Present at the Creation’: Constituting the New American Empire 1945-1950

PART III: PLAUSIBILITY 2: CONTRADICTION AND REPRODUCTION

Chapter 5. Burdens of Empire: Contradictions and Reproductive Vulnerabilities

PART IV: PLAUSIBILITY 3: GLOBAL WARRING

Chapter 6. After the Sunset Came the Night: Global Warring, 1950-1974
Chapter 7. ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’: Global Warring, 1975-1989
Chapter 8. The Perfect Storm: A Tale of Two Elites
Chapter 9. World Warring 1990-2014: The Middle Eastern Theater
Chapter 10. World Warring 1990-2014: The Other Theaters
Chapter 11. Journey’s End

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