W. Schinkel's Aspects of Violence: A Critical Theory (Cultural PDF

By W. Schinkel

ISBN-10: 0230577199

ISBN-13: 9780230577190

This ebook presents a unique method of the social medical examine of violence. It argues for an 'extended' definition of violence to be able to keep away from subscribing to commonsensical or country propagated definitions of violence, and can pay particular cognizance to 'autotelic violence' (violence for the sake of itself), in addition to to terrorism.

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Now, while Foucault claims that ‘state power appropriated the entire judicial procedure, the entire mechanism of interindividual settlement of disputes in the early Middle Ages’ (Foucault, 1994: 43), this clearly is an overestimation of the power of the early medieval state. The early Middle Ages saw private duels as uncontrollable by the state. The fourteenth century ‘trailbastons’ were still a somewhat desperate attempt by the state to control criminal prosecution and legal proceedings by means of an early form of trial by jury.

Several interrelated structural changes took place from the fourteenth 26 Aspects of Violence century on that strengthened it and thereby equally strengthened the state’s monopoly of legitimate violence. These were most of all the development of nationalist sentiments (especially in France and in England), the increasing urbanization and the onset of a new societal hierarchy through the rise of an economic class of merchants in the early Italian Renaissance. With these developments, the medieval societal hierarchy, as rooted in a divine cosmic order, slowly gave way to a class system in which mobility was less based on heredity than it was on economic success (although these, of course, are always interrelated).

Does a blow delivered by a ‘performer’ to a ‘victim’ count as violence? But where does the action of that blow begin and end? Does only the moment the performer’s fist hits the victim’s face qualify for being ‘violence’? After all, a movement of the performer’s arm that is in all but one respect exactly like such a blow, but which stops right before the arm would hit the victim’s face, cannot be called ‘violence’ according to Riches’ definition, since it is not an act of 36 Aspects of Violence physical hurt.

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