Human Studies

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 233–253 | Cite as

Towards a Phenomenological Theory of Violence: Reflections Following Merleau-Ponty and Schutz

  • Michael StaudiglEmail author
Research Paper


This paper lays the groundwork for developing a thorough-going phenomenological description of different phenomena of violence such as physical, psychic and structural violence. The overall aim is to provide subject-centered approaches to violence within the social sciences and the humanities with an integrative theoretical framework. To do so, I will draw primarily on the phenomenological accounts of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Alfred Schutz, and thereby present guiding clues for a phenomenologically grounded theory of violence.


Phenomenology of violence Embodiment Vulnerability Maurice Merleau-Ponty Alfred Schutz 



This article is part of the project Phänomen Gewalt, funded by APART, Austrian Academy of Sciences. I would like to thank the IWM, Vienna, for offering me a Visiting Fellowship to work on it, and finally James Dodd, James Mensch, David Nichols, and Vern Walker, as well as two unknown referees, for their comments on earlier versions of this article


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