Structural and Cultural Violence in Imayam's Novel Pethavan The Begetter
Bavadharini. P
Cultural violence, dominance, Hegemony, Power, Structural violence.
Violence is considered as a thing resulted from an individual or group behaviour that cause harm to an individual or group. Mostly assaults, physical attacks, rapes, sexual abuses, domestic issues, tortures, threatening others by using power are considered as violence as these kind of violence results mostly from physical power even though it can root from different sources. If we understand violence through literature, we can find different perspectives and various kinds of violence and how violence influences the social and cultural structures. Johan Galtung, a Norwegian Sociologist defines violence and clarifies the forms of violence. He distinguished three types of violence based on the basic need/need groups and established the concept of direct, structural and cultural violence. In this paper, I tried to infer the structural and cultural violence in the novella “Pethavan the Begetter” written by a Tamil Dalit writer Imayam.
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Unique Paper ID: 151430

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 7, Issue 12

Page(s): 72 - 75
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