Conceptualising Violence in Relation to Social Circumstances and Subject Development

  • Beth M. Titchiner
Part of the Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice book series (CPTRP)


This chapter presents a definition of ideology, positing ideological thought as possessing a specific epistemic structure analogous to violent epistemology. This chapter outlines how the violent epistemology inherent to ideological thought shapes social structures and promotes violent ways of relating with the phenomenal world, ourselves, and others. This includes dominating, controlling, and hierarchical social relationships, the maintenance of ‘in-groups’ and ‘out-groups’, and socially legitimised violence. This chapter also addresses the complex issue of the relationship between structure (social circumstances) and individual agency in the cyclic perpetuation of violence. This involves a discussion of the role that violent epistemology and ‘non-conducive’ circumstances play in the de-formation of subjectivity and the role of subject de-formation in the cyclical perpetuation of non-conducive social circumstances.


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