Everyday Violence and the Privatization of Coercion

Monday, 16 July 2018: 14:15
Location: John Bassett Theatre (102) (MTCC NORTH BUILDING)
Oral Presentation
Maznah MOHAMAD, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Globalization as exemplified through the use of social media is creating private citizens able to engage in self and communal policing. Everyday acts of violence done in the name of religion have now become normalized as a form of privatized policing. In Muslim Southeast Asia incidents of women without head veils being physically abused in public and one's 'sex' identity be administratively verified by religious authority are but two of the numerous and growing extent of violence imposed on the dignity of self. Rapid and virulent exchange and circulation of images and messages through social media may be contributing towards this privatization of coercion.