Violent Land: Single Men and Social Disorder from the Frontier to the Inner City

Violent Land: Single Men and Social Disorder from the Frontier to the Inner City

by David T. Courtwright
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674278704

ISBN-13: 9780674278707

Pub. Date: 11/28/1996

Publisher: Harvard University Press

This book offers an explosive look at violence in America—why it is so prevalent, and what and who are responsible. David Courtwright takes the long view of his subject, developing the historical pattern of violence and disorder in this country. Where there is violent and disorderly behavior, he shows, there are plenty of men, largely young and single. What

Overview

This book offers an explosive look at violence in America—why it is so prevalent, and what and who are responsible. David Courtwright takes the long view of his subject, developing the historical pattern of violence and disorder in this country. Where there is violent and disorderly behavior, he shows, there are plenty of men, largely young and single. What began in the mining camp and bunkhouse has simply continued in the urban world of today, where many young, armed, intoxicated, honor-conscious bachelors have reverted to frontier conditions.

Violent Land combines social science with an engrossing narrative that spans and reinterprets the history of violence and social disorder in America. Courtwright focuses on the origins, consequences, and eventual decline of frontier brutality. Though these rough days have passed, he points out that the frontier experience still looms large in our national self-image—and continues to influence the extent and type of violence in America as well as our collective response to it.

Broadly interdisciplinary, looking at the interplay of biological, social, and historical forces behind the dark side of American life, this book offers a disturbing diagnosis of violence in our society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674278707
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
6.51(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.38(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Historical Pattern
1. Biological and Demographic Roots

2. Cultural and Social Roots

3. The Geography of Gender

4. The Altar of the Golden Calf

5. The Cowboy Subculture

6. The Ecology of Frontier Violence

7. Women and Families

8. Chinatown

9. The Floating Army

10. Marriage Boom, Urban Bust

11. Ghetto Violence

12. The Crack Era

Conclusion: Life in the New Frontier Society

Bibliographic Note

Abbreviations

Notes

Index

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