Lippens, RLG (2017) What Pollock and Rothko may have announced and Restorative Justice may have to deal with: sovereign victim culture. Restorative Justice, 5 (3). pp. 455-467.

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A close reading of EU Directive 2012/29/EU of 25 October 2012 (EU Member States to comply by 16 November 2015), ‘establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime’, may reveal that a particular image of victimhood seems to be underpinning the text. This image projects victims as atomically separate entities who, clad in individual rights, may choose to ‘make contact’ (or not, as the case may be). An attempt will be made to argue that this image could be situated within a ‘sovereign victim culture’ that flourishes at the heart of what is often called ‘control society’. The origins of this culture, it shall further be argued, could be traced back to the aftermath of the Second World War, when elements of it first emerged in work by artists such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. This culture is shot through with agony and as such threatens to undermine the conditions of possibility for transformative restorative justice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sovereignty; control society; victim culture; post-war culture; restorative justice; prophetic art; consumerism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1 Criminology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV7231 Criminal justice administration
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2017 11:13
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2019 01:30

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