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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

"State Terror" Expert Visits Tuhoe Territory

Several events were held in Tuhoe territory at Ruatoki today, to mark the first anniversary of the October 15th 2007 police anti-terror raids.

Including this one

Time: Agenda: 5:30pm Powhiri ; 6:30pm Hapa (supper); 7:30pm : Guest Speakers: Dr Jeff Sluka. 'Hearts and minds'

Who is Jeff Sluka?


A long time Massey university lecturer in Social Anthropology.

Sluka is an expert on "state terrorism" who did extensive field research in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the "Troubles". He is Author of "Hearts and Minds, Water and Fish; Popular Support for the IRA and INLA in a Belfast Ghetto".

Sluka has taught Massey papers on Endangered Cultures, Political Anthropology, Culture, Biology and Racism, Popular Movements and Anthropological Methods and Ethics.

He is also the author of the 1995 article "Domination, Resistance and Political Culture in Northern Ireland’s Catholic-Nationalist Ghettos" and the 2000 book "Death Squad: The Anthropology of State Terror"


Death Squad is the first work to focus specifically on the anthropology of state terror. It brings together an international group of anthropologists who have done extensive research in areas marked by extreme forms of state violence and who have studied state terror from the perspective of victims and survivors.

The book presents eight case studies from seven countries—Spain, India (Punjab and Kashmir), Argentina, Guatemala, Northern Ireland, Indonesia, and the Philippines—to demonstrate the cultural complexities and ambiguities of terror when viewed at the local level and from the participants' point of view...


No prizes for guessing who Jeff Sluka thinks were the terrorists last October 15th.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Cameron said...

Cheers for that Trev. His book sounds very good. I'm going to the Uni library to find it.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah thanks for that one too Trev, I do notice that many of the countries listing followed the Freidman inspired "free market" policies during the 80's.

Then we all know (as freidman did) that you can't push through radical free market policies with out massive government intervention and repression

rtl.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous George Darroch said...

His academic work is indeed top notch, and I'm making use of it. I'm surprised to see him at Massey, as far as I know he's written nothing about the domestic situations and I would be interested to hear what he says about the situation of Tuhoe.

If you get hold of a transcript, summary, or anything gets published, could you publish a link Trevor?

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's an extremist political lecturer like this guy doing at Massey?

This was once one of the great agricultural universities of the world. It was a prop of what are still our key export industries.

Sluka's presence at the university illustrates the steep intellectual slide of New Zealand's tertiary education system.

11:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are heaps of wonderful Left radicals at Massey, especially in the social sciences.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

George and Cameron-where would you guys be without me to guide you around?

8:40 AM  
Blogger reddeath26 said...

"What's an extremist political lecturer like this guy doing at Massey?"
Why he gives lectures of course.

"This was once one of the great agricultural universities of the world. It was a prop of what are still our key export industries."
To the best of my knowledge it still offers degrees in agriculture. In fact I believe it has recently expanded in this area offering new degrees.

"Sluka's presence at the university illustrates the steep intellectual slide of New Zealand's tertiary education system."
I would disagree with this assertion. But rather it builds upon the intellectual aspect of the New Zealand tertiary education system

9:09 AM  
Blogger reddeath26 said...

"There are heaps of wonderful Left radicals at Massey, especially in the social sciences."

Considering that social science is concerned largely with the social and cultural aspects of issues this is not surprising. I would also assert that this is not a negative thing but rather a positive thing.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many of the Social Sciences departments at Massey, Palmerston North, are shriveling up. Unfortunately for people like Sluka redundancy is on the horizon.

3:05 PM  

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