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Aspects of Violence

A Critical Theory


Part of the Cultural Criminology book series (CUC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. The Concept and Observation of Violence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Willem Schinkel
      Pages 3-15
    3. Willem Schinkel
      Pages 16-44
    4. Willem Schinkel
      Pages 45-83
  3. Violence in Social Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Willem Schinkel
      Pages 107-135
    3. Willem Schinkel
      Pages 154-164
    4. Willem Schinkel
      Pages 165-202
    5. Willem Schinkel
      Pages 203-229
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 230-254

About this book


This book provides a novel approach to the social scientific study of violence. It argues for an 'extended' definition of violence in order to avoid subscribing to commonsensical or state propagated definitions of violence, and pays specific attention to 'autotelic violence' (violence for the sake of itself), as well as to terrorism.


critical theory terrorism violence

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Erasmus University of RotterdamThe Netherlands

About the authors

WILLEM SCHINKEL is Associate Professor of Theoretical Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He has published books and articles on theoretical sociology and various subjects such as citizenship, the state and art. His previous publications include Globalization and the State.

Bibliographic information


'A sparkling display of breathtaking erudition and mind-boggling analytical incisiveness.' - Zygmunt Bauman, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Leeds, UK and University of Warsaw, Poland