Violence Sociological Aspects
The Better Angels of Our Nature
Why Violence Has Declined
Paperback ISBN: 0143122010
A controversial history of violence by the best-selling author of The Stuff of Thought argues that today's world is the most peaceful time in human existence, drawing on provocative psychological insights into intrinsic values that are causing people to condemn violence as an acceptable measure. 100,000 first printing.
Scars of Independence
America's Violent Birth
Paperback ISBN: 0804137307
A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITOR'S CHOICE A magisterial new work that rewrites the story of America's founding The American Revolution is often portrayed as an orderly, restrained rebellion, with brave patriots defending their noble ideals against an oppressive empire. It’s a stirring narrative, and one the founders did their best to encourage after the war. But as historian Holger Hoock shows in this deeply researched and elegantly written account of America’s founding, the Revolution was not only a high-minded battle over principles, but also a profoundly violent civil war—one that shaped the nation, and the British Empire, in ways we have only begun to understand. In Scars of Independence, Hoock writes the violence back into the story of the Revolution. American Patriots persecuted and tortured Loyalists. British troops massacred enemy soldiers and raped colonial women. Prisoners were starved on disease-ridden ships and in subterranean cells. African-Americans fighting for or against independence suffered disproportionately, and Washington’s army waged a genocidal campaign against the Iroquois. In vivid, authoritative prose, Hoock’s new reckoning also examines the moral dilemmas posed by this all-pervasive violence, as the British found themselves torn between unlimited war and restraint toward fellow subjects, while the Patriots documented war crimes in an ingenious effort to unify the fledgling nation. For two centuries we have whitewashed this history of the Revolution. Scars of Independence forces a more honest appraisal, revealing the inherent tensions between moral purpose and violent tendencies in America’s past. In so doing, it offers a new origins story that is both relevant and necessary—an important reminder that forging a nation is rarely bloodless.
The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member
Paperback ISBN: 0802141447
One of L.A.'s most notorious gang leaders takes readers inside the world of gang wars, recounting his ascension through the gang hierarchy, surviving attacks by rival gangs, and life in prison.
Angry White Men
American Masculinity at the End of an Era
Paperback ISBN: 1568589611
"Kimmel has made a career out of being what you might call a man-translator."-The Atlantic The white American male voter is alive and well--and angry as hell. Sociologist Michael Kimmel, one of the leading writers on men and masculinity, has spent hundreds of hours in the company of America's angry white men--from white supremacists to men's rights activists to young students--in pursuit of a comprehensive diagnosis of their fears, anxieties, and rage. Kimmel locates this increase in anger in the seismic economic, social, and political shifts that have transformed the American landscape: Downward mobility, increased racial and gender equality, and tenaciously clinging to an anachronistic ideology of masculinity has left many men feeling betrayed and bewildered. Raised to expect unparalleled social and economic privilege, white men are suffering today from what Kimmel calls "aggrieved entitlement": a sense that those benefits that white men believed were their due have been snatched away from them. The election of Donald Trump proved that angry white men can still change the course of history. Here, Kimmel argues that we must consider the rage of this "forgotten" group and create solutions that address the concerns of all Americans.
No Visible Bruises
What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us
Hardcover ISBN: 1635570972
An award-winning journalist and expert guest explores America's epidemic of domestic violence and how it has been misunderstood, sharing insights into what domestic violence portends about other types of violence and what countermeasures are needed today.
Another Day in the Death of America
A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives
Paperback ISBN: 156858993x
WINNER OF THE 2017 J. ANTHONY LUKAS PRIZE On an average day in America, seven children and teens will be shot dead. In Another Day in the Death of America, award-winning journalist Gary Younge tells the stories of the lives lost during one such day. It could have been any day, but he chose November 23, 2013. Black, white, and Latino, aged nine to nineteen, they fell at sleepovers, on street corners, in stairwells, and on their own doorsteps. From the rural Midwest to the barrios of Texas, the narrative crisscrosses the country over a period of twenty-four hours to reveal the full human stories behind the gun-violence statistics and the brief mentions in local papers of lives lost. This powerful and moving work puts a human face-a child's face-on the "collateral damage" of gun deaths across the country. This is not a book about gun control, but about what happens in a country where it does not exist. What emerges in these pages is a searing and urgent portrait of youth, family, and firearms in America today.
Fist Stick Knife Gun
A Personal History of Violence
Paperback ISBN: 080704461x
A new edition, including the story of the founding of the Harlem Children’s Zone Long before the avalanche of praise for his work—from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from both First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama—long before he became known as a hero to television and film viewers from talk shows, Members Project spots, and documentaries like Waiting for Superman, Geoffrey Canada was a small boy growing up scared on the mean streets of the South Bronx. His childhood world was one where “sidewalk boys” learned the codes of the block and were ranked through the rituals of fist, stick, and knife. Then the streets changed, and the stakes got even higher. In his candid and riveting memoir, Canada relives a childhood in which violence stalked every street corner. “If you wonder how a fourteen-year-old can shoot another child his own age in the head and then go home to dinner,” Canada writes, “you need to know you don’t get there in a day, or week, or month. It takes years of preparation to be willing to commit murder, to be willing to kill or die for a corner, a color, or a leather jacket.”
The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in France (and What It Means for Us )
Hardcover ISBN: 0544649648
"From an award-winning journalist, a provocative, deeply reported expose of the history and present crisis of anti-Semitism in France--and its dire consequences for the rest of Europe. Hate explores the alarming history and present predicament of anti-Semitism in France. By examining the issue at local, international, and personal levels--interviewing everyday French men and women as well as powerful leaders such as National Front president Marine Le Pen--Weitzmann attempts to understand how nine Jews have been murdered by French citizens in the last eight years, and how France has become the number one country from which Western jihadists flee to join ISIS and other extremist Middle Eastern organizations. How do contemporary French Jews grapple with these troubling facts, and with the historical legacies of the French Revolution, the Holocaust, and the Gaullist "Arab-French policy"? While internationally minded consumers of the news may have some knowledge of the events Weitzmann describes--including the 2013 "Day of Anger" and the rise of France's popular, and famously anti-Semitic, comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala--these controversies are largely unknown in the States, and utterly shocking in the unity Weitzmann gives them here. In his hands, these events are not just the story of French anti-Semitism, but that of the breakdown of a major Western power, of the dark side of our global age"--
The House of the Pain of Others
Chronicle of a Small Genocide
Paperback ISBN: 1555978371
Combining reportage, personal reflection, essay and academic treatise, this brilliant work of historical excavation presents the real facts surrounding the massacre of Chinese immigrants in Mexico in the early 20th century. Original.
Identity And Violence
The Illusion of Destiny
Paperback ISBN: 0393329291
Arguing that the violence of today's world is as much as factor of misunderstanding as it is of cultural differences, a Nobel Laureate explains that modern conflicts have origins in illusions about identity, morality, and other factors, in an account that presents the author's vision of how the world can move toward peace. Reprint.