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Joel Hodge is a senior lecturer in the School of Theology at the Australian Catholic University, in Melbourne. He is the author of "Violence in the Name of God: The Militant Jihadist Response to Modernity" and "Resisting Violence and Victimisation: Christian Faith and Solidarity in East Timor."
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Joel Hodge
We know from history that engaging in violence only causes more problems. So why do police and protesters still do it? René Girard had an answer: imitative behavior.