Françoise Héritier

On Violence I Publication date : March 24, 2005

How is violence made to serve religion? What political uses are made of cruelty? How does the spiral of hatred result in the massacre of an entire population? What are the forces that sometimes lead societies into destructive madness?
A multidisciplinary approach is used here to study Colombia, “ethnic cleansing” in the former Yugoslavia, the genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda, as well the Bible, Muslim law, medicine, and power.

An internationally renowned anthropologist, Françoise Héritier succeeded Claude Lévy-Strauss to the chair of social anthropology at the Collège de France, where she directs the Laboratory in Social Anthropology. She is the author of Les Deux Soeurs et leur mère, Masculin/Féminin (La pensée de la différence), Masculin/Féminin (Dissoudre la hiérarchie) and De l'inceste.