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.

Media and Violence

Media and violence

In the previous chapter, nine pathways to and an infinite number of properties of violence and nonviolence were identified. In the context of interpersonal, institutional, and structural violence, some of these pathways and properties linking violent events in time and place are difficult to miss. In most instances, the particular forms or expressions of violence associated with the emotional states of the mind of the individual, the group, the community, the tribe, or the nation are easy to discern. In other instances, those properties of and pathways to violence that connect the mind's cognitive recognition and imagination with acts of abuse, violence, and exploitation are less obvious, more subtle or indirect.

In Chapters 6 and 7, two of the more subtle, ...

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