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Essay about The Concept Structural Violence

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Violence leads to suffering; but it's not necessarily that you may see Violence. The standard understanding of violence follows the general route of manifested violence in type of bodily hurt or injury. The concept of structural violence has always been used in the lexicon of Marxist theorists while analysing the relation between class construction, power and labour exploitation. Gramsci (1971) describes structural violence in terms of cultural hegemony wherein the "civil society" works logically in 'manufacturing consent" and obtaining validity for its oppression by the dominant class. The emergence of structural violence as an academic concept is chiefly through the functions of Galtung (1969) and has been further cemented by Farmer (1992, 2003), Bourgois (2003) and many others. For a individual looking objectively the everyday life of an individual may seem peaceful in the lack of any physical form of violence. But the regular life itself can contain violence in structural form that is called 'violence of everyday life' (Scheper-Hughes, 1993). One of the best example of structural violence, but mostly taken for granted would be 'cultural violence'. 'Cultural violence' describes aspects of culture which can be used to justify or legitimize direct or structural violence, and may be exemplified by religion and ideology, language and art, empirical science and formal science and thus follows "follows the footstep of structural violence" (Galtung, 1990). This essay attempts to look in the concept of structural/everyday violence using the case study of caste system. The article will make use of photos to explain the notion of structural /regular violence for a lens for understating violence and distress. Structural violence can best clarified from the wo...

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