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.

Explanations of Violence

Explanations of violence

In Part II, “Pathways to Violence,” the emphasis moves from types and descriptions of violence to analyses and critiques of violence. In a nutshell, each of the discussions that follows revolves around such questions as “why do we have the violence that we have?” and “why do people kill?” Each of these chapters specifically addresses various explanations of violence and of violent behavior that have been popularized in scientific and mass communications. This chapter, Chapter 5, provides a general overview of the most prominent scientific or academic theories of violence; the next two chapters explore theoretically relevant and nonrelevant ideas pertaining to violence in the mass media and sexually motivated violence.

It is my contention that the pathways to violence are ...

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