From early modernity to today, society has encountered various forms of interpersonal violence. Through exploration of particular areas within Europe and Russia to Africa, America and Asia, this collection presents both differences and connections among various forms of interpersonal violence in different times, places, institutional orders and relationships.
Interpersonal Violence introduces research results from studies in various disciplines, such as history, sociology, social policy social work, cultural studies, and gender studies. In focusing on the diverse and often ignored social locations and cultural backgrounds of interpersonal violence, the book demonstrates 1) how the specificity of temporality and spatiality affect the manifestation of violence, 2) how the dynamics of intersectional and institutional differences are located in social space and time, and 3) how the different forms of violence in different times are affectively, conceptually and discursively connected.
With its comprehensive and integrative approach, this book is a key tool book for understanding the phenomenon and cultural conceptions of interpersonal violence. It would be most suitable for upper level undergraduates, graduates doctoral students interested in social sciences, history, criminology, psychology, cultural studies, education, gender studies and public health.
"This wide-ranging collection shows the range of forms of interpersonal violence, bringing together chapters that are diverse – geographically (e.g. Finland, Japan, Namibia, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Tanzania, Turkey), historically (from 17th Century to the present), and methodologically (e.g. socio-legal studies, victimology, studies of representations). The approach across chapters is broadly sociological, using historical, spatial, intersectional, and institutional analyses, with the concluding chapter presenting a synthesis within a Bourdieusian framework."
Jeff Hearn, Örebro University, Sweden; Hanken School of Economics, Finland; University of Huddersfield, UK; author of The Violences of Men
This book fills a major gap in the current literature by providing a comprehensive view of interpersonal violence in human society across times and spaces. In addition to scrutinizing violence against women, children and men in different cultures and contexts, the book builds a theory of the intersectional and institutional factors behind interpersonal violence.
Professor Pertti Alasuutari, University of Tampere, Finland.
"Few academics have achieved such a diverse connection between different theories. Interpersonal Violence is a welcome addition to the canon of social science."
Ilan Cerna-Turoff, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK