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posted on 2023-05-21, 09:39 authored by Gabrielle MardonGabrielle Mardon, Louise Richardson-SelfLouise Richardson-Self
This article considers and evaluates some of the elastic applications of the term “violence”. Some of the most well-known applications are structural, symbolic, epistemic, psychosocial, and linguistic violence. Should these phenomena be understood as violence-proper or are these merely provocative hyperbole? Some scholars are openly resistant to these elastic applications, arguing that calling these phenomena ‘violence’ is no more than conceptual carelessness. The question we are interested in is why people continue to be drawn to the image of violence to typify certain phenomena that cause suffering. We identify that it is the temporal extension (i.e., the experiential duration) of the experience of stuckedness in suffering that unifies these conditions. In close, we offer some reflections on the relationship of law to (what is called) violence and where it can mitigate stuckedness.


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Australian Feminist Law Journal








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