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The demonic genius of politics? Social action and the decoupling of violence and politics

  title={The demonic genius of politics? Social action and the decoupling of violence and politics},
  author={Jenny V. Pearce},
  • J. Pearce
  • Published 20 December 2017
  • Political Science
This paper explores the way violence is simultaneously absent and present in our everyday understanding of politics and the State. It argues that politics does not have to be an arena inherently and unavoidably reliant on the tools of violence. Indeed, politics could be seen as primarily an arena for violence reduction. Social action on violence is one route towards realizing such a goal. However, the ontological assumptions about human violence behind, for instance, the Weberian approach to… 
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