1st Edition

Critical Mass
Understanding and Fixing the Social Roots of Mass Shootings in the United States

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ISBN 9780367470586
August 1, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
144 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

USD $42.95

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Book Description

This book examines social patterns in 2,000 mass shootings in the United States between 2013 through 2020. While mass shootings are often described as psychological, the authors show that there are social factors that produce the anger needed to commit a mass shooting. These factors are fairly common and can be addressed to stem the anger earlier. The factors include chronic poverty, sudden unemployment, relationship problems, domestic violence, social isolation, and alcohol. Common social strains can metastasize and be lethally dangerous. By understanding the social factors, we can reduce the anger and frustration people feel that would drive them to killing others.

Table of Contents

1. An Overview of Mass Shootings in the United States from 2013-2020

2. A Spatial Analysis of Mass Shootings in the United States between 2013 and 2020

3. Explaining Mass Shootings with Criminology

4. High-Profile Mass Shootings

5. Toxic Masculinity and Mass Shootings

6. How Can We Have Fewer Mass Shootings?


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Dinur Blum earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Riverside. In addition to mass shootings, he researches the academic obstacles student-athletes face and the messages they receive about sports and school from their coaches, teammates, and families. He co-hosts the Learning Made Easier podcast with Dr. Adam G. Sanford, designed to help college students and instructors to help with effective learning and teaching. He currently teaches at California State University, Los Angeles. When he is not working on research or teaching, Dr. Blum is an avid sports photographer. Christian González Jaworski is a researcher and PhD candidate at the University of New Hampshire. His research interests are crime, drug addiction, opiates and rural sociology. He and Dinur have been writing on Mass Shootings since 2012. Formerly, he taught at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. He lives in New England with his wife.