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.
The primary objectives of Chapters 2 through 4 are to provide demographic profiles for typical victims and victimizers of interpersonal, institutional, and structural violence. Distinguishing between the three spheres of violence is very useful and important for thinking about violence generally. Anyone performing such an examination, however, should not lose sight of the fact that these three worlds are typically not isolated from or unrelated to one another (refer to Figure 1.2). In everyday reality, the three worlds are interactive and reciprocal in the social formation and production of violence. In the case of sexual harassment or sexual assault, for example, it is often most difficult, if not impossible, to separate the interpersonal from the institutional (see Box 2.1). Thus, it makes ...