This definitive examination of a contemporary social issue asks questions such as: How much media violence is there? What are the meanings conveyed in the way violence is portrayed? What effect does it have on viewers? Divided into four parts, the book reviews research on media violence; re-examines existing theories of media violence; considers methodological tools used to assess media, and introduces the concept of Lineation Theory, a perspective and new theoretical approach explaining media violence.



What is violence? This question appears deceptively simple. In our everyday lives, we treat violence as a primitive concept; that is, we know it when we see it. But when we have to write a definition, it is difficult to translate our understanding into words. Instead of using a formal definition, we usually define violence ostensively: We point to examples. This ostensive method of defining violence is useful in everyday life.

As scholars, however, we have the responsibility of providing a formal definition that explicates our conceptualization of violence. Such a definition clarifies the perimeter of the conceptualization such that we know which actions are included and which are excluded. Because many elements need to be considered when we are delineating a definition of violence, ...

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