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CANIATO, Angela Maria Pires. Violences and subjectivities: the contemporary individual. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2008, vol.20, n.1, pp.16-32. ISSN 1807-0310.

The relationship between violence and subjectivities is a highly complex issue due to the several meanings given by society and to its specificities and different relational implications in an individual's construction. Privation is the most commonly accepted meaning in all processes of violence and the intervention of violent mechanisms practiced by the State within the capitalist regime as one of the main articulator of violence within contemporary society. Social violence, as symbolical violence, is analyzed according to Adorno's Critical Theory and to Psychoanalysis while internalized by the subjects within the projection and introjection processes. Techniques of covering up and trivializing violence in society are investigated as much as those that lead towards standardization and conformity of individuals with the subsequent deterioration of different psychic processes.

Keywords : Social violence and violence by state; Psychoanalysis; internalized symbolic violence; trivialization of violence; pseudo-individualization.

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