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Françoise Héritier

On Violence II

Is sacrifice to be equated with murder? When violence is inflicted, how is it used? What are the limits of pacifism and non-violence?
The origins of intolerance and violence are analysed here through an examination of political torture and public executions, as well as of such issues as the status of animals, job-training schemes in times of high unemployment, and the behaviour of bands of teenagers.

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.