(b.1963), Prof. Dr. Phil., is professor at the University of Göttingen and visiting fellow at the Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien at the University of Erfurt.
Colonial rule was stable only where it could rely on local cooperation. Frequently, the massive use of violence was the only possibility of demonstrating imperial claims to power. Given the fragility of colonial structures, then, can one speak of "domination"? [more]
On the interconnection of violence and civility
Civil society is often the result of state-sanctioned violence in the past. This suggests that some hard decisions must be faced regarding the stabilization of conflict-ridden regions. [more]