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Senses in/of religious violence: identity, difference, privilege and power

Francisco Diez de Velasco

This work is an attempt to decipher the senses implied in the religious violence from a double perspective. Senses in the first approach have to do with the sensorium, with an embodied perspective of analysis focused on those interfaces between the brain and the world beyond the skin that are the senses. Religious violence implies a total sensorial experience that redefines identity, difference and also builds privilege and strengthens power. The second perspective, perhaps more difficult to demonstrate, is a tentative effort of granting sense to religious violence, beyond senses and from a contextual perspective. Identity, difference, privilege and power are the instruments for building an approach that seeks to overcome the perplexity produced by the seemingly counter-intuitive combination of violence and religion.

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