Gertz, Janine, Maguire, Emma, Petray, Theresa, and Smith, Bryan (2020) Violence. M/C Journal, 23 (2).

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As part of an effort to grapple with the meaning of violence, Hannah Arendt argued that it was curious how infrequently violence was taken up for special consideration in conversations of history and politics, remarking that “this shows to what an extent violence and its arbitrariness were taken for granted and therefore neglected; no one questions or examines what is obvious to all” (8). While we are not suggesting that violence has eluded the critical eye in the time since Arendt’s argument, there is something remarkably resonant about the idea that violence is taken-for-granted as part of human existence, and thus—for privileged citizens protected from its affects—invisible.

In this issue, the contributors explore how violence continues to define and shape social, political, and cultural terrains. In what follows, we explore what it means to talk about violence and follow this with a general introduction to the pieces in this special issue that tease out the various locations of violence and its representations across different spaces.

Item ID: 69644
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1441-2616
Copyright Information: All articles published in M/C Journal are published under a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial - No Derivatives 4.0 Licence.
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Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2021 02:52
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