Violence in Europe: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives / Edition 1

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Taking the sociocultural long view, Violence in Europe analyzes the prevalence and role of violence-from street crime to terrorist attacks, homicide to genocide-in the evolution of human and national behavior. The editors and 14 colleagues in history, anthropology, sociology, and psychology focus on Northern and Western Europe, examining centuries of violent phenomena, from the cultural logic of the Middle Ages to today's soccer riots and security alerts. The contributors' examination of social constructions (honor codes, class and gender roles) and public ambivalence (acceptance, abhorrence, fascination) regarding violence sheds needed light on current dynamics in law enforcement, political systems, and what many have termed "the civilization of violence."

Findings from Britain, France, Ireland, Belgium, and Scandinavia explore: The paradoxes of ethnic violence and insider/outsider thinking in an increasingly multicultural world, Trends in interpersonal violence during wartime and peacetime, The gendering of violence, from early French marital laws to London's underground nightlife, The growth of cities: modernization, conflict, aggression, Modern prevention and surveillance strategies: effective solutions, complicating the problem, or some middle ground?

Reflecting innovative methods of research and interpretation, Violence in Europe is thought-provoking and instructive for researchers and students in psychology and criminology. And with the mounting global presence of violence today, this is reading with profound implications for the future.

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“Sophie Body-Gendrot and Pieter Spierenburg bring together a collection of essays on the social construction of violence in Western Europe. … the book’s strength lies in its conceptual sophistication and in its ability to pull together valuable points of view. … an extraordinary job of describing both the construction of violence and its changing nature. The editors and authors have produced a work that is an excellent primer for students and faculty seeking to understand violence in both a general and a particular sense.” (H. V. Savitch, Terrorism & Political Violence, 2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387097046
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 10/9/2008
  • Series: Lecture Notes in Mathematics
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

With a Ph.D. in political science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques and a B.A. and M.A. in American Studies from the University of Paris-Sorbonne, Sophie Body-Gendrot is a Professor of Political Science and of American studies at the Sorbonne, Paris. She founded the Center for Urban Studies (CEUMA). She is a researcher at the Centre de recherche sociologique sur le droit et les institutions pénales (CNRS-CESDIP-Dept of Justice) and an expert for the program Urban Age at the London School of Economics on safety and public space. She is also a member of the French Civilian Police Review Commission. She has wrote or co-edited more than fifteen books and over a hundred articles. The most recent works related to urban violence and public policies areLa peur détruira-t-elle la ville? (Will Fear Destroy the City?); Violence in Europe (coedited with P. Spierenburg); Sortir des banlieues: Pour en finir avec la tyrannie des territories (Getting Out of Inner-cities: Putting an End to Territorial Tyranny); Police et discriminations raciales: Le tabou français; La société américaine après le 11 septembre?; Villes: La fin de la violence?; The Social Control of Cities; Villes et violence; and a chapter in The Endless City called "Confronting Fear."

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Table of Contents

Introduction Sophie Body-Gendrot Part One: Contested Definitions Pieter Spierenburg Violence: Reflections About a Word Willem de Haan Violence as an Essentially Contested Concept Part Two: Long-Term Trends Dag Lindström Homicide in Scandinavia: Long-Term Trends and Their Interpretations François Ploux Violence in France's Past: An Anthropological Approach Ian O’Donnell The Fall and Rise of Homicide in Ireland Part Three: Contemporary Trends Philippe Robert Violence in Present-Day France: Data and Sociological Analysis Sophie Body-Gendrot From Old Threats to Enigmatic Enemies: The Evolution of European Policies from Low Intensity Violence to Homegrown Terrorism Part Four: Gendering Violent Practices Dorothea Nolde The Language of Violence: Symbolic Body Parts in Marital Conflicts in Early Modern France Kate O'Brien, Dick Hobbs, Louise Westmarland Negotiating Violence and Gender: Security and the Night Time Economy in the UK Part Five: Politics, War and Violence Xavier Rousseaux, Frédéric Vesentini, Antoon Vrints Violence and War: Measuring Homicide in Belgium, 1900-1950 Susanne Karstedt Democratization and Violence: European and International Perspectives Eric Dunning Violence and Violence Control in Long-Term Perspective: Testing Elias in Relation to War, Genocide, Crime, Punishment and Sport

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