A history of research on the effects of television violence, and how this research was used in policy-making and debate. Rowland describes the interactions of federal bodies, the broadcasting industry, public or citizens' interest groups and the communication research community. He documents the rise of TV violence as an issue. Rowland's history tells us much about social science as part of our cultural rituals of self-examination, and our efforts to alleviate contemporary tension and unease.
'The sheer expanse of the material covered is impressive...Rowland makes an outstanding contribution to the understanding of the dynamics of the debate on violence and television...(He) presents a very thoughtful, well-executed, and de