410 Pages
    by Routledge

    412 Pages
    by Routledge

    Collective violence has played an important role throughout American history, though we have typically denied it. But it is not enough to repress violence or to suppress our knowledge of it. We must understand the phenomenon, and to do this, we must learn what violent groups are trying to say. Th at some choose violence tells us something about the perpetrators, inevitably, about ourselves and the society we have built.

    I: Introduction and Overview; 1: ; II: Theoretical Issues; 2: Interpreting Collective Violence; 3: Issueless Riots; 4: A Critical Note on Conceptions of Collective Behavior; 5: Two Critics in Search of a Bias; 6: Agonistics—Rituals of Conflict; 7: The Legitimation of Violence; 8: The Controversy Surrounding Analyses of Collective Violence; III: Comparative Perspectives; 9: Patterns in International Warfare, 1816-1965; 10: Sources of Rebellion in Western Societies; 11: Conflict Without Violence and Violence Without Conflict in a Mexican Mestizo Village; 12: ; 13: Violence in the New Guinea Highlands; 14: Violence in Burmese History; 15: The Place of Aggression in Social Interaction; IV: Dimensions of Collective Violence in the United States; 16: The Paradox of American Violence; 17: The Psychology of Political Activity; 18: Rebellion and Repression and the Vietnam War; 19: Cultural Value Orientations and Student Protest; 20: Campus Protests and the Vietnam War; 21: Campus Conflict as Formative Influence; 22: Local Political Leadership and Popular Discontent in the Ghetto; 23: The Emergence of Muted Violence in Crowd Behavior; 24: Police Violence and Its Public Support; 25: The Police and Collective Violence in Contemporary America; V: In Search of Alternatives; 26: The Nonviolent Alternative; 27: The Usefulness of Commission Studies of Collective Violence


    James F. Short, Marvin E. Wolfgang