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.

Sexuality and Violence

Sexuality and violence

In Chapter 5, I introduced the concept of “a violence and nonviolence continuum” by organizing the ideas of “mild,” “moderate,” and “extreme” forms of violence and nonviolence and connecting these to their interpersonal, institutional, and structural pathways (see Figure 5.5). In the context of violence, I also discussed sexual coercion and identified some of the “properties” shared in common by heterosexual rapists, child molesters, and gender harassers. In so doing, I raised questions about these individual perpetrators using their power over others and even inflicting sexual terror on their victims so that they might, in effect, compensate for or feel some kind of temporary relief from their own sexual and identity maladies.

This pathologic or sympathetic interpretation and analysis of these ...

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