In this compelling and timely book, Violence and Society, Larry Ray offers a wide-ranging and integrated account of the many manifestations of violence in society. He examines violent behavior and its meanings in contemporary culture and throughout history.

Introducing the major theoretical debates, the book examines different levels of violence – interpersonal, institutional and collective – and different forms of violence such as racist crime, homophobic crime and genocide. It provides readers with a succinct and comprehensive overview of its nature and effects, and the solutions and conflict resolutions involved in responses to violence.

Interdisciplinary in its approach, the text draws on evidence from sociology, criminology, primate studies and archaeology to shed light on arguments about the social construction and innate nature of violence. Engaging, wide-reaching and authoritative, this is essential reading for students, academics and researchers in sociology, criminology, social psychology and cultural studies.

Violence and the Private Sphere

Violence and the private sphere

The distinction between public and private is crucial to sociological understanding of violence for at least three reasons. First, for the civilizational thesis, the enclosure of the ‘private’ was linked to increased sensibilities towards public aggression and therefore to the pacification of society. Second, the focus of the criminal justice system on street crimes and public violence has in the past occluded much private violence and its relationship to masculinities and patriarchal power. Third, the exposure of private violence over the past three or four decades has contributed to an erosion of the public/private divide as relationships between the individual, communication media and the state are transformed. These issues are explored here.

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