Two Concepts of Violence

TitleTwo Concepts of Violence
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsBufacchi, Vittorio
JournalPolitical Studies Review
Volume3
Issue2
Pagination193-204
Abstract

The aim of this review article is to explore some theoretical issues regarding the nature and scope of violence. There are two ways of thinking about violence: in terms of an act of force, or in terms of a violation. Those who define violence as an intentional act of excessive or destructive force endorse a narrow conception of violence (the Minimalist Conception of Violence or MCV), while those who see violence in terms of a violation of rights champion a broader conception of violence (the Comprehensive Conception of Violence or CCV). The strengths and weaknesses of both approaches will be assessed.

URLhttps://doi.org/10.1111/j.1478-9299.2005.00023.x
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