Scott Handley on Thu, 15 Nov 2001 02:37:40 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Paul Farmer and 'Structural Violence'

--- Patrice Riemens <> wrote:
>...To describe the powerful's denial of, not to
> say outright agency in the suffering, the agony, and
> ultimately the wholesale death of the poor from,
>among other, tuberculosis and AIDS, he uses the
>concept of 'structural violence'. This the more
>striking since that word seems to have been banned
>from 'civilised'conversation for quite some time ,
>and those still using it in speech or writing, risk 
> being branded as 'terrorists' by various instances,
> up to those holding prosecutive power. 

Sorry for my ignorance, but how has "structural violence" become
associated with terrorism, and why has the term been stigmatized?  I'm not
familiar with this term.  Any help with the significance of Farmer's
invoking it would be appreciated.


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