The Demonic Genius of Politics? Social Action and the Decoupling of Politics from Violence

  title={The Demonic Genius of Politics? Social Action and the Decoupling of Politics from Violence},
  author={Jenny V. Pearce},
  journal={International Journal of Conflict and Violence},
  • J. Pearce
  • Published 20 December 2017
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • International Journal of Conflict and Violence
This paper explores why new ways of “knowing” and acting on violence could lead to a reconsideration of Weber’s pessimistic coupling of politics and violence. This coupling remains hugely influential almost a century after it was formulated. It has become possible to revisit it, firstly, because of the potential for new interdisciplinary conversations. These have opened up ways of understanding violence as a properly social phenomenon and the significance of our vulnerable, social bodies to its… 
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