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Chapter 6. Violence and Power: A Reading of Hannah Arendt's Distinction between Violence and Power

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1. Title Title of document Chapter 6. Violence and Power: A Reading of Hannah Arendt's Distinction between Violence and Power - Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Sophie Cloutier; Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) Violence; power; Hannah Arendt; politics; revolution; liberation; Karl Marx; Franz Fanon
5. Subject Subject classification Conflict Studies
6. Description Abstract This essay analyzes what seems like a curious paradox: that violence is powerless, in order to present the functional limits of violent action in the political sphere. Following Hannah Arendt, especially her distinction between power and violence, Cloutier argues that violence is regarded as a substitute for power by the excluded and that violence is not a valid political category per se. Violence may have an impact on liberation from oppression, but it must be surpassed. The exchange of role between the oppressed and the oppressors is not sufficient to become free; to be free does not mean to be a persecutor but to live among equals. And violence should play no role in the political relations among equals.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Nov-2016
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.30207
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation
16. Language English=en en
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