Dark trophies : hunting and the enemy body in modern war by Simon Harrison

By Simon Harrison

Many anthropological money owed of battle in indigenous societies have defined the taking of heads or different physique components as trophies. yet nearly not anything is understood of the superiority of trophy-taking of this type within the military of latest geographical regions. This ebook is a heritage of this sort of misconduct between army team of workers over the last centuries, exploring its shut connections with colonialism, medical amassing and ideas of race, and the way it's a version for violent energy relationships among teams

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In this transformed condition, they were unaccountable and potentially homicidal to anyone else, not only to their victims but even to their own wives and children. These ritual practices suspended and denied the fighters’ normal relations with their victims, and replaced them with predatory violence. In this way social actors created group boundaries, at least for a certain period, and thus, in a sense, brought the groups themselves into provisional existence. In war, they attributed to themselves and their opponents a less than fully human status – the role of hunter and his dogs on the one hand, and of quarry on the other.

It requires us to select some of this and bring it to the fore, and to treat the rest as residual or relegate it to the background. Metaphor and taboo seem to represent two complementary strategies for condensing experience or reducing its disorder and complexity. Metaphors simplify by reducing the apprehension of differences, while taboos do so by diminishing the apprehension of similarities. Let us take as an example the metaphor which occurs in Proverbs 12:4, in which a virtuous wife is said to be a crown to her husband.

S. Army Combat Stress Control Handbook outlines fifteen or so offences as examples of misconduct stress behaviours. One of them is the mutilation of enemy dead, which it describes as follows: 4-6. The Misconduct Stress Behavior of Mutilating Enemy Dead a. This practice has been prohibited by civilized nations as a violation of the Law of Land Warfare but may still be approved in some regions of the world. Collecting scalps, ears, gold teeth, and so forth as trophies can still become common practice (as in the island battles of the Pacific in WWII) as signs of racial hatred and dehumanization against a stubborn and merciless enemy.

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