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By Sophie Body-Gendrot (auth.), Sophie Body-Gendrot, Pieter Spierenburg (eds.)

Has violence replaced over the centuries? Has it usually held an identical meanings for us?

Will it usually be a given in society?

Taking the sociocultural lengthy view, Violence in Europe analyzes the superiority and function of violence—from road crime to terrorist assaults, murder to genocide—in the evolution of human and nationwide habit. The editors and 14 colleagues in heritage, anthropology, sociology, and psychology specialise in Northern and Western Europe, studying centuries of violent phenomena, from the cultural good judgment of the center a long time to today’s football riots and safeguard indicators. The individuals’ exam of social structures (honor codes, classification and gender roles) and public ambivalence (acceptance, abhorrence, fascination) concerning violence sheds wanted gentle on present dynamics in legislation enforcement, political structures, and what many have termed "the civilization of violence."

Findings from Britain, France, eire, Belgium, and Scandinavia explore:

  • The paradoxes of ethnic violence and insider/outsider pondering in an more and more multicultural world.
  • Trends in interpersonal violence in the course of wartime and peacetime.
  • The gendering of violence, from early French marital legislation to London’s underground nightlife.
  • The development of towns: modernization, clash, aggression.
  • Modern prevention and surveillance recommendations: powerful suggestions, complicating the matter, or a few center flooring?

Reflecting leading edge equipment of analysis and interpretation, Violence in Europe is thought-provoking and instructive for researchers and scholars in psychology and criminology. And with the mounting worldwide presence of violence this present day, this is often interpreting with profound implications for the longer term.


"Any reader will relish the fresh mix of concept and aspect to be discovered right here. including their collaborators Body-Gendrot and Spierenburg have produced a ebook that are supposed to be learn through students, scholars and anyone attracted to how violence transcends international locations and cultures."

H.V. Savitch
Brown and Williamson special learn Professor
The collage of Louisville

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