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The Enduring Problem

Second Edition

December 2013 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Violence: The Enduring Problem explores a number of different types of both individual and collective violent acts and examines 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, the text also addresses legislative, social, and political efforts to curb violent behavior.  This book differs from many of the books on violence in that it incorporates a broad interdisciplinary approach to analyzing the patterns and correlates of violence using the most up-to-date research and theories and presents them in a style intended to be accessible to a wide audience of readers.

2. In Focus boxes provide personal narratives, case studies and related information to enhance the chapter coverage.

3. Broad coverage addresses legislative, social, and political efforts to curb violent behavior

4. Violence: An Enduring Problem examines both individual and collective forms of violence and, unlike other texts on the subject, illustrates the linkages between these two general types of violent acts.

5. The  interdisciplinary approach that draws from a number of different disciplines including criminology and criminal justice, sociology, psychology, political science, and public health.

New To This Edition

· Inclusion of new developments in the field of violence studies

· Less emphasis on esoteric research and abstract policy studies.

· Updated throughout with new data and examples

· Increased number of end of chapter questions.

· Instructor Resources are new to this edition.

Chapter 1. As American as Apple Pie
Chapter 2. Explaining Violence
Chapter 3. Aiding and Abetting Violence
Chapter 4. Assault and Murder
Chapter 5. Violence in the Home
Chapter 6. Stranger Danger
Chapter 7. Rape and Sexual Assault
Chapter 8. Mob Violence
Chapter 9. Terrorism
Chapter 10. Genocide
Chapter 11. Toward Violence Prevention

“For undergraduates it offers a broader understanding of violence and for this and other reasons, it is better than its competitor.”

Drew Humphries
Rutgers University, Camden

“The text is very instructive when considering the significance of violence throughout the world. The opening reference to the idea that “all violence is connected,” and that we live within a “unity of human aggression” is a testament to the reality of violence within all aspects of American society.”

Tracy Tolbert
California State University, Long Beach

“The text gives detailed overview of violence while presenting the material in a way so that students can critically engage with the material. I would without a doubt use this book if I were to teach a violence class, and would consider using it as an ancillary in a theory class, especially at the graduate level.”

Courtney Waid Lindberg
North Dakota State University, Fargo

While recorded crime in the UK - particularly acquisitive crime - violent crime bucks this trend. This text offers a broad appreciation of the issues and is suitable for general reading

Mr Ashley Tiffen
Institute of Policing and Criminal Justice Studies, University of Cumbria
June 16, 2015

selected by committee

Mr Ignacio Vila
School Of Justice, Miami-Dade College-North
December 30, 2014

The book is well written and interesting. Though, for our intended purposes, it is somewhat lacking when it comes to the psychological aspects of violence. I would prefer a book with deeper and more thorough psychological theorizing in relation to violence.

Mr Peter Karlsson
Sch of Health & Social Sciences - HOS, Halmstad University
December 11, 2014

Great book, but too extensive

Dr Sofia Wikman
Dept of Criminology, Stockholm University
November 12, 2014

The comprehensive material provided by the text related to the topic of violence in society.

Professor Michael Proctor
Arts and Sciences, Texas A & M
March 24, 2014

This is an excellent resource for US rather than UK courses

Dr Maria Ioannou
School of Human and Health Sciences, Huddersfield University
February 16, 2014

Excellent resource, that explores concepts from a range of perspectives in an easy to read style.

Mrs Sarah Watson
Criminology, Coventry University
January 14, 2014

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