Discursive Violence as a Tool of Sociological Legitimation of the Ideological Order of a Divided Society





divided societies, ideological order, discourse, symbolic violence, legitimation


The article discusses the features of the social order of divided societies. The question of the role of sociological discourse in the legitimation of social separation is raised. Attention is focused on the need for self-reflection of the sociological community. The features of the functioning of sociological discourse in a divided society as a tool of legitimation are revealed.

To achieve this goal – to identify the degree of ideological engagement of public sociology discourse - the materials that were published on the official website of the Razumkov Center during 2018 are analyzed. Analytical articles written by experts and analysts in sociological centers, published on official websites are analyzed; comments, interviews, other text and video publications are also considered.

Information published on websites and on behalf of sociological organizations is considered as part of the discourse of public sociology. In this case, non-academic public sociology does not negate the fact that discourse continues to exist as a sociological one and significantly influences the audience.

In the case studies from the sphere of public sociology, discursive violence is observed through the articulation of various schemes of everyday social distinction drawn up in a scheme of scientific distinction. This not only contributes to the legitimization of this picture of the world (by «translating» it into a scientific language, that is, delegating to it the symbolic capital of the field of science), but also legitimizing and hiding the distancing processes associated with it, the extreme form of which can be considered the divides.


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