Civilizational' cruelty, enchanted cruelty, identity and banal cruelties are creations that belong to the socio-historical, and as such they do not necessarily dovetail with the idiosyncratic cruel imaginings of the world of the psyche, which can be gathered under the term reflexive cruelty.
Rather, and in the light of Norbert Elias' work on manners, 'civilizational' cruelty refers to the world of the mundane from the vantage point of the long duree, that is, to the patterns of cruelties that become taken-for-granted within everyday life and belong to its mundane rhythms rather than its sacred rituals.
From ways in which American presidents have fostered nationalism to meet special needs to the latest Bush administration's departure in using it to erode civil liberties, ATTENDANT CRUELTIES
provides a powerful survey essential for any high school to college-level collection strong in American civil liberties and history.
No one is angry with Makiya's account of the cruelty of the Iraqi regime, nor is anybody angry about his departing from what he describes as a built-in Arab cultural bias which makes one refrain from "washing [one's] dirty laundry in public while gruesome cruelties
and whole worlds of morbidity unfold around us.