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Ronnie Lippens

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Absolutely Sovereign Victims: Rethinking the Victim Movement

This article attempts to rethink the emergence and subsequent development of what could be called the victim movement, or victim culture, which has crystallized in the latter half of the twentieth century. The author argues that a great variety of elements have, in the wake of World War II, come together to create a new form of life, one of whose manifestations is a pervasive victim culture. At the heart of this newly emerged form of life resides a radical desire for, or will to, absolute personal sovereignty, and a related radical desire for, or will to, absolute control. This form of life, and the desire and will that fuel it (however imaginary, or illusory this desire and this will) are neither homogenous nor monolithic.

control society, World War II, consumer society, victimization, Belgium

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 42, No. 1 (2015): 19-34

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