The Microcosms of Violence

Anthonie Holslag

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This article deals with the microcosms of violence and how this experience influences the subjective perception of the victim. It will link this to victims where identity is the main target of the violence and where the victim/ individual has been dehumanized and objectified. This article will argue that during this instant all cultural meaning that we attach to ourselves, will unravel, and that that the victim is not only objectified through the eyes of the perpetrator, but that this objectification is also internalized by the victim. The article will do this by juxtapose a personal experience of violence by linking this to the genocidal processes where identity is specifically targeted. This will also give us an insight how perpetrator and victim are indeed linked through the act of violence itself.

Original languageEnglish
Article number-
Pages (from-to)117
Number of pages128
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016


  • Genocide
  • the intrinsic dynamics of violence.
  • psychological anthropology
  • cultural indicators
  • identity
  • violence
  • trauma
  • identity destruction

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  • Human Health and Life Sciences


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