violence = 'personal or social domination of any kind'

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 13 19:17:18 UTC 2010

I am not sure how seriously you may want to consider to update language
dictionaries based on post-modernist usage. Such basic words as "power",
"gift", "other" will need updates then as well. Perhaps it's best to
leave these to jargon dictionaries--philosophy, critical theory,
sociology, anthropology, cognitive science.


On 11/13/2010 9:19 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> Not in OED but common among postmodern sociologists:
> 1990 Pierre Bourdieu _The Logic of Practice_  (R. Nice, trans.) [Stanford:
> Stanford U. P.] 127: [O]vert violence, that of the usurer or the ruthless
> master, is collectively disapproved of and is liable to provoke either a
> violent riposte or the flight of the victim.
> The French text was written in 1980.
> JL

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