Slavoj Žižek: Violence

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In his book Violence (2008), Slavoj Žižek begins by distinguishing between different forms of violence. Subjective violence (e.g., crime, terror) is perceived as a disturbance of the “normal” nonviolent state of things. Subjective violence is the most visible kind of violence, and subjective violence is performed by an easily recognized agent, such as a criminal or a terrorist.

Objective violence, however, is more pervasive, but hidden. Objective violence is the invisible violence that is inherent to the allegedly nonviolent, “normal” state of things (Violence, p. 2). Moreover, there are two kinds of objective violence: symbolic violence and systemic violence. …

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Wood, Kelsey. "Violence". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 April 2013
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