Cultural Violence

  title={Cultural Violence},
  author={Johan Galtung},
  journal={Journal of Peace Research},
  pages={291 - 305}
  • J. Galtung
  • Published 1 August 1990
  • Journal of Peace Research
This article introduces a concept of `cultural violence', and can be seen as a follow-up of the author's introduction of the concept of `structural violence' over 20 years ago (Galtung, 1969). `Cultural violence' is defined here as any aspect of a culture that can be used to legitimize violence in its direct or structural form. Symbolic violence built into a culture does not kill or maim like direct violence or the violence built into the structure. However, it is used to legitimize either or… Expand
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