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Violence and affectivity

Cristian Ciocan(University of Bucharest)

pp. 195-218


The aim of this article is to explore the emotional dimensions involved in the phenomenon of interpersonal violence, identifying various modalizations of affectivity occurring in the architectonics of this phenomenon. I will first concentrate on symmetrical violence, namely, on the emergence of irritation, annoyance, anger, and fury leading to fierce confrontation. Next I will explore asymmetrical violence, where the passive pole experiences the imminence of the other’s violence in fear and in being terrified. I will then focus on the experience of the third in the face of violence, showing that here the affectivity is differently constituted each time, depending on the various situations of symmetrical and asymmetrical violence that the third witnesses. Finally, I will contrast the experience of real violence with the experience of violence-as-image, and I will pose several questions regarding the modifications of the affective experience of the third in the face of depicted violence.

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(2020) Human Studies 43 (2).

Pages: 195-218

DOI: 10.1007/s10746-019-09507-5

Full citation:

Ciocan Cristian (2020) „Violence and affectivity“. Human Studies 43 (2), 195–218.