Violence in Europe: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives / Edition 1

Violence in Europe: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives / Edition 1

by Sophie Body-Gendrot, Pieter Spierenburg
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0387745076

ISBN-13: 9780387745077

Pub. Date: 12/18/2007

Publisher: Springer New York

Has violence changed over the centuries? Has it always held the same meanings for us?

Will it always be a given in society?

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

Overview

Has violence changed over the centuries? Has it always held the same meanings for us?

Will it always be a given in society?

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.

"Any reader will appreciate the refreshing combination of theory and detail to be found here. Together with their collaborators Body-Gendrot and Spierenburg have produced a book that should be read by scholars, students and anybody interested in how violence transcends nations and cultures."

H.V. Savitch Brown and Williamson Distinguished Research Professor The University of Louisville

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387745077
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
12/18/2007
Edition description:
2008
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.02(d)

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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