Violence as fetish: Geography, Marxism, and dialectics

James Tyner, Joshua Inwood

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The study of violence has increasing academic purchase. However, the academic treatment of violence imparts an ontological status that masks violence from critical scrutiny. We argue for the social sciences to (re)theorize violence and to develop a dialectics of violence. Our purpose is to provide a space for dialogue, to open a broader debate within the social sciences on the theoretical determination of violence. We advocate for a new approach to violence that eschews the development of essentializing typologies or generalized explanations of violence as an epiphenomenon of society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)771-784
Number of pages14
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 19 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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