Title

Violence as Fetish: Geography, Marxism, and Dialectics

Publication Title

Progress in Human Geography

Publication Date

12-2014

Document Type

Article

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0309132513516177

Keywords

dialectics, direct violence, Marxism, ontology, structural violence

Disciplines

Human Geography | Political Theory | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance

Abstract

The study of violence has increasing academic purchase. However, the academic treatment of violence imparts an ontological status that masks violence from critical scrutiny. We argue for the social sciences to (re)theorize violence and to develop a dialectics of violence. Our purpose is to provide a space for dialogue, to open a broader debate within the social sciences on the theoretical determination of violence. We advocate for a new approach to violence that eschews the development of essentializing typologies or generalized explanations of violence as an epiphenomenon of society.


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