Differential Harm: Patterns of Uneven Destruction

Differential Harm: Patterns of Uneven Destruction
Di Liberto, Yuri. (2023). Journal of HARM. July. pp. 1-10. (Article - Journal; English).

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https://ojs.ub.rub.de/index.php/HARM/article/view/11024, https://yorkspace.library.yorku.ca/xmlui/handle/10315/41235, https://www.econstor.eu/handle/10419/273310, https://capitalaspower.com/2023/07/di-liberto-differential-harm-patterns-of-uneven-destruction/

Abstract or Brief Description

This essay opposes the idea that contemporary critical events like pandemics, global warming, environmental deterioration, et cetera, are to be considered as affecting humanity in a uniform way. Instead of seeing these phenomena like abstract universal threats, I propose to look at them through the lens of my concept of differential harm. By drawing on interdisciplinary sources, this concept aims at covering a series of processes that are best described in differential, rather than absolute, terms. By the same token, differential harm is a matter of scale. Moreover, this essay also suggests that macroscopic critical processes are better understood as instances of harm, rather than violence. Instead of framing macroscopic disruptive phenomena as simple calamities or crises, my approach also aims at acknowledging their social, political, and psychological dimensions.



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Article - Journal


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BN Power
BN Business Enterprise
BN Capital & Accumulation
BN Civilization & Social Systems
BN Conflict & Violence
BN Cooperation & Collective Action
BN Crisis
BN Distribution
BN Ecology & Environment

Depositing User

Jonathan Nitzan

Date Deposited

06 Jul 2023 21:41

Last Modified

15 Jul 2023 15:54



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