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The Routledge International Handbook of Violence Studies

1st Edition

Edited by Walter S. DeKeseredy, Callie Marie Rennison, Amanda K. Hall-Sanchez


492 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Violence is a serious public health problem. The number of violent deaths tells only part of the story, and many more survive violence and are left with permanent physical and emotional scars. Violence also erodes communities by reducing productivity, decreasing property values, and disrupting social services.

In recent years, scholars have broadened their definitions of violence beyond the realm of interpersonal harms such as murder, armed robbery, and male-to-female physical and sexual assaults in intimate relationships, to include behaviors often ignored by the criminal justice system, such as human rights violations, racism, psychological abuse, state terrorism, environmental violations, and war. Guided by this broader definition of violence, this handbook offers state of the art research in the field and brings together international experts to discuss empirical, theoretical, and policy issues.


'A comprehensive, yet accessible volume, this handbook is an excellent resource for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of long-standing and emergent issues of violence. It is an outstanding contribution to criminology: it synthesizes and extends theoretical, methodological, and policy approaches to violence by featuring a range of analyses that illuminate how interlocking inequalities inform violence in complicated ways. In doing so, the collection demonstrates how a critically informed criminology is an important—and arguably essential—partner in addressing complex and pressing public health concerns.'

Kathryn Henne, Canada Research Chair in Biogovernance, Law and Society, University of Waterloo, Canada, and Associate Professor of Regulation and Governance, The Australian National University, Australia

Table of Contents

Introduction: Toward a Broader Social Scientific Understanding of Violence, Walter S. DeKeseredy, Callie Marie Rennison, and Amanda K. Hall-Sanchez, Part I: Gathering and Analyzing Violence Data. Introduction to Part I, Walter S. DeKeseredy, Callie Marie Rennison, and Amanda K. Hall-Sanchez, 1. Crime Victimization Survey Research, Callie Marie Rennison and Martin D. Schwartz, 2. Mixed Methods in the Study of Violence, Kai M. Thaler, 3. Using Crime Surveys as Tools of Critical Insight and Progressive Change, Walter S. DeKeseredy, 4. Historical Methods, Barry S. Godfrey, 5. Enhancing the Quality of Research on Understudied Populations, Rebecca Pfeffer, Carlos A. Cuevas, MacKenzie Kushner, and Sarah Lockwood, 6. The Caring Adult Role: Avoiding Exploitation in Youth Violence Ethnographies, Katherine Irwin, Part II: New Ways of Thinking Theoretically About Violence. Introduction to Part II, Walter S. DeKeseredy, Callie Marie Rennison, and Amanda K. Hall-Sanchez, 7. Thinking Theoretically About Image-Based Sexual Abuse: The Contribution of Male Peer Support Theory, Walter S. DeKeseredy and Martin D. Schwartz, 8. What’s Place Got to Do with It? Explaining Violence in a Rural Context, Joseph F. Donnermeyer, 9. Theoretical Perspectives on Environmental Violence, Rob White, 10. Gender, Violence, and Multiple Oppressions, Katherine Irwin and Lisa Pasko, 11. The Material Reality of State Violence: The Case of Police Militarization, Peter B. Kraska and Shannon Williams, 12. Theorising "War", Sandra Walklate and Ross McGarry, 13. Masculinities and School Shootings, Cliff Leek and Mariah Lewis-Elliot, 14. Feminist Perspectives on State Crimes Against Women, Victoria E. Collins, 15. Toward an Ecological Model of Violence Among African Americans, Carolyn M. West, Part III: Select Topics in Violence Studies. Introduction to Part III, Walter S. DeKeseredy, Callie Marie Rennison, and Amanda K. Hall-Sanchez, 16. Hate Crime as Cultural Violence, Lee Thorpe Jr., Andrea DeKeseredy, and James J. Nolan, 17. Adult Pornography and Violence Against Women, Walter S. DeKeseredy, 18. Urban Industrial Contamination and Environmental Justice, Daniel Renfrew, 19. Technology-facilitated Coercive Control, Molly Dragiewicz, Delanie Woodlock, Bridget Harris, and Claire Reid, 20. Child Sexual Abuse, Michael Salter, 21. The Impact of Exposure to Domestic Violence on Children and Youth: Considering Strategies for Intervention and Cultivating Resilience, Angelique Jenney and Ramona Alaggia, 22. LGBTQ Partner Violence, Adam M. Messinger and Jennifer Roark, 23. Campus Sexual Assault, Kevin M. Swartout and William F. Flack Jr., 24. An Alternative View of Animal Abuse: Violence Against the Environment and All Its Creatures, Paul B. Stretesky and Bonnie Berry, 25. Ecocide: Violence Against the Planet, Rob White and Olivia Hasler, 26. Gang Violence, Timothy R. Lauger, 27. Male Hunting Subcultures and Violence Against Women, Amanda K. Hall-Sanchez, 28. Genocide, Christopher W. Mullins, 29. Violence and Indigenous Communities, Chris Cunneen and Juan Tauri, 30. Research on Human Trafficking: Victim Characteristics, Consequences, Service Needs, and Future Research Directions, Emily I. Troshynski and Alexa Bejinariu, 31. Girls, Gangs, Violence, and Justice: An Overview, Lisa Pasko and Meda Chesney-Lind, 32. Clergy-perpetuated Child Sexual Abuse, Jodi Death, 33. Male Violence Against Women, Shana L. Maier and Raquel Kennedy Bergen, 34. Key Issues in the Rape and Sexual Assault of Adult Women, Walter S. DeKeseredy and Callie Marie Rennison, Part IV: New Policy Directions. Introduction to Part IV, Walter S. DeKeseredy, Callie Marie Rennison, and Amanda K. Hall-Sanchez, 35. Hope and Healing through Arts Behind Bars, Jill Leslie Rosenbaum, 36. Ending Abusive Endings: Curbing Separation/Divorce Violence Against Women, Walter S. DeKeseredy, Molly Dragiewicz, and Martin D. Schwartz, 37. Resisting Rape Culture in Digital Society, Anastasia Powell and Lisa Sugiura, 38. What Can Be Done About State Crimes Against Women?: Some Suggestions for the Future, Victoria E. Collins and Anne M. Mahar

About the Editors

Walter S. DeKeseredy is Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Director of the Research Center on Violence, and Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University, USA.

Callie Marie Rennison is a Professor at the School of Public Affairs (SPA), University of Colorado Denver, USA.

Amanda K. Hall-Sanchez is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Fairmont State University, USA.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology