Violence and Nonviolence: Pathways to Understanding is the first book to provide an integrative, systematic approach to the study of violence and nonviolence in one volume. Eminent scholar and award-winning author Gregg Barak examines virtually all forms of violence—from verbal abuse to genocide—and treats all of these expressions of violence as interpersonal, institutional, and structural occurrences. In the context of recovery and nonviolence, Barak addresses peace and conflict studies, legal rights, social justice, and various nonviolent movements. Employing an interdisciplinary framework, Barak emphasizes the importance of culture, media, sexuality, gender, and social structure in developing a comprehensive theory of these two separate, but inseparable phenomena.

Violence in Perspective

Violence in perspective

It is most difficult, if not impossible, to fully grasp or actually locate violence “in perspective” because much of it remains hidden from or invisible to public eyes. On the other hand, much of it is overplayed, distorted, or sensationalized. Media commentators, for example, in the United States, Great Britain, and elsewhere depict their societies as engulfed in ever-rising tides of violence, chaos, and destruction. Anxieties of the modern and postmodern age are often contrasted with romantic notions of the good old days of “law and order.” Historians, however, are quick to point out the relative continuities both in patterns of violent behavior and in society's responses to violence over time, acknowledging that the Middle Ages were more violent than ...

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