Durham University

Durham Global Security Institute


DGSI Conflict Lecture Series: The Rise of Organised Brutality: Historical Sociology and Violence

1st May 2018, 17:00 to 18:30, W309 (Geography Department), Professor Siniša Malešević

The Rise of Organised Brutality: Historical Sociology and Violence

Professor Siniša Malešević (UCD)

There is a tendency among general public to assume that social development and violence are mutually exclusive phenomena. Civilisation and development are typically associated with progress, order and constant ambition towards human perfectibility whereas violence is generally understood to be a form of regression characterised by death, destruction, and chaos. However there is in fact a very strong historical link between violence and social development. In this presentation I explore this link through the prism of historical sociology. I argue that the organised violence develops quite late in human history and that its proliferation is closely tied with the expansion of organisational and ideological powers and the organisational ability to penetrate the networks of micro-solidarity.


Siniša Malešević is Professor/Chair of Sociology at the University College, Dublin. He is an elected member of Royal Irish Academy and Academia Europae. His recent books include The Rise of Organised Brutality: A Historical Sociology of Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2017), Nation-States and Nationalisms (Polity 2013); The Sociology of War and Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Identity as Ideology (Palgrave, 2006), and edited volumes Empires and Nation-States: Beyond the Dichotomy, (Sage, 2017), Ernest Gellner and Historical Sociology (Sage, 2015), Nationalism and War (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Contact louis.f.monroy-santander@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.