La ‘dominación emocional’ como violencia simbólicauna lectura illouziana de Bourdieu

  1. María Tocino Rivas 1
  1. 1 Universidad de Salamanca

    Universidad de Salamanca

    Salamanca, España


Aporía: revista internacional de investigaciones filosóficas

ISSN: 0718-9788

Year of publication: 2023

Issue: 4

Pages: 7-20

Type: Article

DOI: 10.7764/APORIA.4.64449 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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Eva Illouz’s concept of ‘emotional domination’ derives from the Bourdieuan notion of ‘symbolic violence’, which alludes to relationships of domination in which the dominated do not have any other instrument to know the real than the one they share with the dominators. In a context of loss of traditional male authority at work and home, men today reaffirm their status through cumulative sexuality and affective detachment, which gives them emotional control of their relationships with women. In contemporary societies, governed by the affective paradigm of ‘negative relationships’ –in which, in a general way, affective-sex ties are deregulated and see their contours increasingly blurred–, heterosexual women suffer from this ‘emotional domination’, which enters in conflict with their greater aspirations for exclusivity and commitment, their greater emotional availability and their social responsibility for the function of reproduction