Organic Shrapnel and the Possibility of Violence

Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture, and Action

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Title Organic Shrapnel and the Possibility of Violence
Creator Balfour, Lindsay Anne; University of British Columbia
Subject Cultural Studies; Philosophy
violence; ethics; hospitality; stranger
Description In his book, 9/11: The Culture of Commemoration, David Simpson recognizes the political work of violence, suggesting “[w]ar cannot easily survive the capacity to imagine oneself in the body of the other” (99). This paper contends that the subversion of political rhetoric surrounding violence might become possible through a reconfiguration of the term violence itself. In other words, what might is mean to reconsider violence as a site of potential ethical formation and address rather than the foreclosure of relational bonds. This turn opens up the notion of violence and first and foremost an encounter that is not satisfied with the traditional impulse to categorize violence into physical, emotional, institutional, or even more progressive categories of racialized and gendered violence.
Publisher Affinities Editorial Board and Publishing Collective
Contributor Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Date 2013-11-21
Type Invited Commentary
theoretical intervention
Format application/pdf
Source Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture, and Action; Vol 7, No 1 (2013): Violent Encounters from Social Movements to Terrorism
Language en
Coverage Global
21st century ethics and philosophy

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