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Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology | Rutgers University

R. Brian Ferguson is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the program in Global Urban Studies at Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, Newark, NJ. His research and writing focuses on why actual wars happen.  His work calls attention to the political structure of decision-making and the total interests of decision-makers. He approaches the anthropology of war not as a disembodied cultural pattern but as an outcome of material political and historical situations. Recently his book The State, Identity and Violence: Political Disintegration in the Post-Cold War World appeared in paperback (2015).

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