The impact of violence : the Ethiopian 'Red terror' as a social phenomenon

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The impact of violence : the Ethiopian 'Red terror' as a social phenomenon

Type: Article in monograph or in proceedings
Title: The impact of violence : the Ethiopian 'Red terror' as a social phenomenon
Author: Abbink,J.
Start Page: 129
End Page: 145
Publisher: Kea-Edition, Bremen
Issue Date: 1995
Keywords: Ethiopia
Ethiopia; social psychology; political change; violence
policy
politics
Violence
Abstract: This article examines how violent interaction between ethnic and social groups in Ethiopia has shaped the contours of contemporary society. It focuses on the so-called Red Terror period of the late 1970s, which marks a decisive stage in the transformation of violence and politics in Ethiopia. The intense physical and psychological violence of the Red Terror period had a lasting effect on the collective mind and on social relations among Ethiopians. Because of its violation of central sociocultural ideals and codes in Ethiopian society, it decisively undermined any idea of 'social contract' or 'trust' between the State and the population. This breakdown of trust led to a dissociation of civilians from national policy and power structures, and to a serious weakening of overall social cohesion. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
Editor(s): Bräunlein,P.J.
Lauser,A.
Other Identifiers: oai:ascleiden.nl:075287668:1866
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/9092
 

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