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Thinking Beyond the Self and the Other

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Published: 28th Dec, 2019

Thinking Beyond the Self and the Other
  • One of the contemporary major challenges is multilevel violence that range from micro to macro level. However, legals terms narrow down the complexity of violence and define it as punishable acts thus simplify the phenomenon of violence.
  • Foucault has rightly mentioned that ‘what appears obvious to us is not at all so obvious.’
  • Applying this notion to the concept of violence one may argue that although violence may seem a straightforward and self-evident concept it is profoundly ambiguous.
  • In this regard one may agree with Stanko who observed ‘what violence means is and will always be fluid not fixed’.
  • In spite of this conceptual problem one can explain violence through the tip typology of Johan galtung.
  • According to Galtung, violence is of three kind; direct, structural and cultural. Gandhi's nonviolence responds to the contemporary problem of violence at this three-level - direct, structural and cultural.
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