The violence of order, orders of violence: Between Fanon and Bourdieu

  title={The violence of order, orders of violence: Between Fanon and Bourdieu},
  author={Karl von Holdt},
  journal={Current Sociology},
  pages={112 - 131}
  • Karl von Holdt
  • Published 1 March 2013
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • Current Sociology
This article uses the high levels of collective violence associated with contentious politics in South Africa as a prism through which to explore the confrontation between a sociology of the West, represented by Bourdieu’s theory of symbolic violence, and a sociology of the colonial and postcolonial South, represented by Fanon’s theory of revolutionary violence. The article analyses cases of strike violence, community protests, vigilante violence and xenophobic attacks. It shows that collective… 

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