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Mark of Cain – Shame, Desire and Violence

Ray, Larry J. (2013) Mark of Cain – Shame, Desire and Violence. European Journal of Social Theory, 16 (3). pp. 292-309. ISSN 1368-4310. (doi:10.1177/1368431013476536) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:34487)

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Abstract

Violence presents a paradox. There is evidence that violence is universal in all in human societies. However, in writing mostly from the standpoint of relatively peaceful social spaces, violence often appears exceptional, and a product of the breakdown of integrating social institutions and conventions. Norbert Elias persuasively identified growing thresholds of repugnance towards violence with the transition to modernity, although understanding the balance between formalization and informalization poses some critical questions about his thesis. The discussion begins with these as a means of opening a broader discussion of theories of violence which are developed through a critical analysis of Girard’s and Gans’ theories. It is argued that these may offer a way of addressing the informalization problem in a context of mimetic consumption desires in a context of apparent but false equalization in contemporary societies.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1368431013476536
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2013 09:51 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34487 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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