Recovering From Structural Violence: The Case of September 11th

Gregg Barak, Eastern Michigan University

Recovering from structural violence involves the modification, reconstruction, and/or transformation of the conditions of violence/violence production and of the various systems of injustice-- economic, political, and social. Structural forms of recovery are also inclusive of interpersonal and institutional forms. On a continuum, the responses by the USA have ranged from ones of rage, anger, and retaliation to ones of peace, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Ultimately, recovering from structural violence requires the systemic movement-- across interpersonal, institutional, and international relations-- away from adversarial tribalism and toward mutualistic globalism.

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Updated 05/20/2006