Symbolic Violence: Enactments, Articulations and Resistances

Editors: Rebecca Helman, Sipho Dlamini & Nick Malherbe

Symbolic violence is a kind of power that imposes particular meanings as legitimate, while working to obscure its own foundational relations of power. Developing understandings of symbolic violence is necessary in a global context where rates of violence are alarmingly high and unevenly distributed. As articulated within a resistance framework that emphasises disruption in knowledge work, this Special Issue is conceptualised and led by a collective of doctoral students. The Special Issue is interested in scholarship that focuses on symbolic violence, how it is enacted, the means by which it conceals itself and ways through which it can be resisted.

For further enquiries, please contact Special Issue co-editors:
Rebecca Helman (,
Sipho Dlamini (


Nick Malherbe (

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