By Yusef Waghid, Nuraan Davids

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Then, violence also has an incapacity to germinate power. The violence perpetrated by Serbs led to their demise, thus limiting the growth of power – that is, violence is also capable of its own impotentiality not to incubate power. In this sense, violence in itself is both potentiality and impotentiality. In this chapter we examine some of the impotentialities of violence, that is, what violence is not happening. Firstly, we argue that, although violence is at times justified by some people, its problematic use against innocent others makes it potentially destructive and unbecoming.

Through the suspension of judgement, there exists the potentiality for new acts of doing and becoming, which renders any act of judgement redundant. A reconsidered view of citizenship education is also connected to the practice of seeing things differently – that is, not to see things in exactly the same way, or not to see things as one would expect to see them. This idea of seeing things differently brings into play the notion that things will present themselves in different and multiple ways, which precludes one from rushing to judgement.

However, in a community of becoming there is no predetermined consensus (that is, intersubjective meaning) on what should happen to those who bully others. Rather, the act of negotiating about what should happen to students found guilty of bullying lies in the negotiation itself, where there is always the potential that students might be expelled from school, or not. Secondly, the fact that ‘the coming community’ is not constituted by belonging means that students would be initiated into practices on the basis of a genuine commitment to bring about change, without privileging any dominant cultural community.

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