Violence The Enduring Problem

ISBN-10: 1412916852
ISBN-13: 9781412916851
Edition: 2008
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List price: $70.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/2/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

???Violence and disorder constitute the primal problem of American history, the dark reverse of the coin of freedom and abundance.??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????David T. Courtwright Beginning with a definition of violence and then introducing their primary theme, the interconnectedness of all violent crime, authors Alex Alvarez and Ronet Bachman employ the most up-to-date research, theories, and cases in their broad, interdisciplinary analysis of the patterns and correlates of violence. With a highly engaging writing style, the authors of Violence: The Enduring Problem explore a number of different types of both individual and collective violent acts and examine the linkages, behaviors, ideas, perceptions, and justifications that connect these different types of violence. Inspired generally by the fear of the pervasive violence in the world and more specifically by the recent Virginia Tech massacre, the text also addresses legislative, social, and political efforts to curb violent behavior. Key Features Provides a comprehensive yet accessible understanding of the nature and patterns of violence: Using an interdisciplinary approach to provide a more thorough and complete analysis of human behavior leading to violence, the book draws from a number of different disciplines including criminology and criminal justice, sociology, psychology, political science, and public health.Highlights commonalities between various forms of violence: Introducing the idea of the ???unity of human aggression, ??? Alvarez and Bachman postulate that acts of violence share a significant number of core defining traits that jointhem together, such as rationalization or justification by the perpetrator, the predictive nature of past violence for future violence, the ???spillover theory??? of violence, and the ???brutalization hypothesis, ??? among others. By examining both individual and collective forms of violence the text illustrates the linkages between violent acts. Exposes readers to a wide range of aggressive behaviors: The book includes both contemporary and historical sources to explore a variety of types of interpersonal and group violent crimes, including homicide, assault, rape, domestic violence, robbery, genocide, riot, lynching, and terrorism among others.Offers policy connections and implications: By reviewing legislative, social, and political responses to violence, the authors help readers understand the direct impact of violence on society at large. Boasts extensive pedagogical tools: The text includes tables, charts, photographs, ???In Focus??? boxes, and other visual aids to illustrate key concepts discussed in the book.Intended Audience This is an ideal core text for undergraduate and graduate courses such as Violence and Abuse, Sociology of Violence and Abuse, Violence in America, and Violent Crime in departments of criminology, criminal justice, sociology, political science, and social work.

Alex Alvarez earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire in 1991 and is a Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University. From 2001 until 2003 he was the founding Director of the Martin-Springer Institute for Teaching the Holocaust, Tolerance, and Humanitarian Values. His main areas of study have been in the areas of minorities, crime, and criminal justice, and the areas of collective and interpersonal violence.� He has published on Native Americans, Latinos, and African Americans, fear of crime, sentencing, as well as on justifiable and criminal homicide, and genocide. His scholarship has appeared in edited volumes and in a range of journals including Social Science History, The Journal of Criminal Justice, and Sociological Imagination . His first book, Governments, Citizens, and Genocide was published by Indiana University Press in 2001 and was a nominee for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences book of the year award in 2002, as well as a Raphael Lemkin book award nominee from the International Association of Genocide Scholars Book in 2003. His second book, Murder American Style was released in the summer of 2002. He has also served as an editor for the journal Violence and Victims, and is an editorial board member for the journals War Crimes, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity: An International Journal, and Idea: A Journal of Social Issues. He has been invited to present his research in various countries such as Austria, Bosnia, Canada, and Germany, and Sweden.

Ronet Bachman, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. She is coauthor of Statistical Methods for Crime and Criminal Justice (3rd ed.), and coeditor of Explaining Crime and Criminology: Essays in Contemporary Criminal Theory. In addition, she is author of Death and Violence on the Reservation; coauthor of Stress, Culture, and Aggression in the United States; coauthor of Murder American Style; and coauthor of Violence: The Enduring Problem as well as numerous articles and papers that examine the epidemiology and etiology of violence, with a particular emphasis on women, the elderly, and minority populations. She is currently the Co-PI of a National Institute of Justice–funded study to examine the trajectories of drug-involved offenders 10 years after release from prison using a mixed-method design.

Acknowledgements
As American as Apple Pie
Chapter Introduction
Conclusions
Discussion Excercises
Key Terms
Explaining Violence
Chapter Introduction
Conclusions
Discussion Excercises
Key Terms
Aiding and Abetting Violence
Chapter Introduction
Conclusions
Discussion Excercises
Key Terms
Assault and Murder: A Continuum of Violence
Chapter Introduction
Conclusions
Discussion Excercises
Key Terms
Violence in the Home
Chapter Introduction
In-Focus Box: The Story of Amy Jones
In-Focus Box:When Mothers Kill
Conclusions
Discussion Excercises
Key Terms
Stranger Danger
Chapter Introduction
Conclusions
Discussion Excercises
Key Terms
Rape and Sexual Assault
Chapter Introduction
In-Focus Box: Rape at the University of Colorado
In-Focus Box: Rape in Prison
In-Focus Box: The Story of Maria--A Survivor of Rape and Genocide
Conclusions
Discussion Excercises
Key Terms
8.Mob Violence
Chapter Introduction
In-Focus Box: The New York Draft Riots
In-Focus Box: Vigilantism in Flagstaff
Conclusions
Discussion Excercises
Key Terms
Terrorism
Chapter Introduction
In-Focus Box: 9/11 and Al Qaeda
In-Focus Box: Portrait of a Terrorist
Conclusions
Discussion Excercises
Key Terms
Genocide
Chapter Introduction
In-Focus Box: Genocide Convention
In-Focus Box: The Genocide in Darfur
Conclusions
Discussion Excercises
Key Terms
Towards Violence Prevention
Chapter Introduction
Conclusions
Discussion Excercises
Key Terms

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