Violence as a Force of Oppression

Ann E. Cudd

in Analyzing Oppression

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780195187434
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786213 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

  Violence as a Force of Oppression

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This chapter argues that violence is and has always been a crucial component in the origin and maintenance of oppression. It explores how violence and the threat of violence constrain the actions of groups, harming the victims and benefiting the correlative privileged social groups. It argues that women as a group are oppressed materially through violence, and that there is a credible, psychologically effective threat of greater harm that is transmitted by the obvious material harm that they do suffer.

Keywords: violence against women; oppressive violence; social groups; threats; state-sponsored violence; rape; slavery

Chapter.  18977 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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