Violence and Society: Toward a New Sociology

Violence and Society: Toward a New Sociology

by Jane Kilby, Larry Ray


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Violence and Society features a multidisciplinary collection of readings by leading national and international experts that set a new agenda for our understanding of interpersonal and state violence in contemporary society.

  • Features contributions from leading international experts in collective, state, and interpersonal violence
  • Develops innovative interdisciplinary theorizations based on new empirical studies on violence and society
  • Incorporates within an emerging analytical framework issues of war, domestic and gender-based violence, fighting, honor and shame, violence and identity, and politics and violence
  • Allows us to better understand the world we live in

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118942017
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/20/2015
Series: Sociological Review Monographs Series
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jane Kilby is Senior Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies in the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford. She is the author of Violence and the Cultural Politics of Trauma (2007).

Larry Ray is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent. He has researched and published on topics in sociological theory, globalization, post-communism, social memory, collective and interpersonal violence; and is the author of Violence and Society (2011).

Table of Contents

Series editor’s acknowledgements vi

Introduction 1
Jane Kilby and Larry Ray

The socioeconomic function of evil 13
Steve Hall

Trauma, guilt and the unconscious: some theoretical notes on violent subjectivity 32
Simon Winlow

The sociological analysis of violence: new perspectives 50
Michel Wieviorka

Is war becoming obsolete? A sociological analysis 65
Siniša Maleševic

Family honour and social time 87
Mark Cooney

Towards an embodied sociology of war 107
Kevin McSorley

On violent democracy 129
Karl von Holdt

Violence before identity: an analysis of identity politics 152
Glenn Bowman

Competitive violence and the micro-politics of the fight label 166
Curtis Jackson-Jacobs

Mainstreaming domestic and gender-based violence into sociology and the criminology of violence 187
Sylvia Walby, Jude Towers and Brian Francis

Notes on contributors 215

Index 220

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