Violence and Society features a multidisciplinary collection of readings by leading national and international experts that set a new agenda for our understanding of interpersonal and state violence in contemporary society.
- Features contributions from leading international experts in collective, state, and interpersonal violence
- Develops innovative interdisciplinary theorizations based on new empirical studies on violence and society
- Incorporates within an emerging analytical framework issues of war, domestic and gender-based violence, fighting, honor and shame, violence and identity, and politics and violence
- Allows us to better understand the world we live in
About the Author
Jane Kilby is Senior Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies in the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford. She is the author of Violence and the Cultural Politics of Trauma (2007).
Larry Ray is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent. He has researched and published on topics in sociological theory, globalization, post-communism, social memory, collective and interpersonal violence; and is the author of Violence and Society (2011).
Table of Contents
Series editor’s acknowledgements vi
Jane Kilby and Larry Ray
The socioeconomic function of evil 13
Trauma, guilt and the unconscious: some theoretical notes on violent subjectivity 32
The sociological analysis of violence: new perspectives 50
Is war becoming obsolete? A sociological analysis 65
Family honour and social time 87
Towards an embodied sociology of war 107
On violent democracy 129
Karl von Holdt
Violence before identity: an analysis of identity politics 152
Competitive violence and the micro-politics of the fight label 166
Mainstreaming domestic and gender-based violence into sociology and the criminology of violence 187
Sylvia Walby, Jude Towers and Brian Francis
Notes on contributors 215