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Violence and Silencing: A Philosophical Investigation of Apartheid


Poltera, J, Violence and Silencing: A Philosophical Investigation of Apartheid, Critical Horizons: Journal of Social and Critical Theory, 12, (2) pp. 232-250. ISSN 1440-9917 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Equinox Publishing Ltd 2011

DOI: doi:10.1558/crit.v12i2.232


With reference to examples of violence during Apartheid, I argue that the socio-political contexts in which violence occurs significantly shape agents' ideas about and responses to violence. As such, philosophers can only make sense of why perpetrators and bystanders alike may have judged violent acts morally justifiable or failed to challenge instances of violence against the backdrop of the particular characteristics of the socio-political context in which it occurs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:agency, apartheid, oppression, silencing, violence
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Other Indigenous studies
Research Field:Other Indigenous studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Poltera, J (Dr Jacqui Poltera)
ID Code:118533
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-07-13
Last Modified:2017-10-05

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