Slavoj Žižek: Violence (2610 words)


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. Examples of …

Citation: Wood, Kelsey. "Violence". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 April 2013 [, accessed 19 August 2022.]

24952 Violence 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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