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Sous la direction de Sophie Body-Gendrot et Pieter C. Spierenburg

Violence in Europe

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives


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Violence in Europe.

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Sophie Body-Gendrot, University of Paris-Sorbonne, France Pieter Spierenburg, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Has violence changed over the centuries ? Has it always held the same meanings for us ? Will it always be a given in society ?

Taking the sociocultural long view, Violence in Europe analyzes the prevalence and role of violence — from street crime to terrorist attacks, homicide to genocide — in the evolution of human and national behavior. The editors and 14 colleagues in history, anthropology, sociology, and psychology focus on Northern and Western Europe, examining centuries of violent phenomena, from the cultural logic of the Middle Ages to today’s soccer riots and security alerts. The contributors’ examination of social constructions (honor codes, class and gender rules) and public ambivalence (acceptance, abhorrence, fascination) regarding violence sheds needed light on current dynamics in law enforcement, political systems, and what many have termed “the civilization of violence.”

Findings from Britain, France, Ireland, Belgium, and Scandinavia explore :

- The paradoxes of ethnic violence and insider/outsider thinking in an increasingly multicultural world.

- Trends in interpersonal violence during wartime and peacetime.

- The gendering of violence, from early French marital laws to London’s underground nightlife.

- The growth of cities : modernization, conflict, aggression.

- Modern prevention and surveillance strategies : effective solutions, complicating the problem, or some middle ground ?

Reflecting innovative methods of research and interpretation, Violence in Europe is thought-provoking and instructive for researchers and students in psychology and criminology. And with the mounting global presence of violence today, this is reading with profound implications for the future.


Sophie Body-Gendrot : Introduction

Part One : Contested Definitions

Pieter C. Spierenburg : Violence : Reflections About a Word

Willem de Haan : Violence as an Essentially Contested Concept

Part Two : Long-Term Trends

Dag Lindström : Homicide in Scandinavia : Long-Term Trends and Their Interpretations

François Ploux : Violence in France’s Past : An Anthropological Approach

Ian O’Donnell : The Fall and Rise of Homicide in Ireland

Part Three : Contemporary Trends

Philippe Robert : Violence in Present-Day France : Data and Sociological Analysis

Sophie Body-Gendrot : From Old Threats to Enigmatic Enemies : The Evolution of European Policies from Low Intensity Violence to Homegrown Terrorism

Part Four : Gendering Violent Practices

Dorothea Nolde : The Language of Violence : Symbolic Body Parts in Marital Conflicts in Early Modern France

Kate O’Brien, Dick Hobbs, Louise Westmarland : Negotiating Violence and Gender : Security and the Night Time Economy in the UK

Part Five : Politics, War and Violence

Xavier Rousseaux, Frédéric Vesentini, Antoon Vrints : Violence and War : Measuring Homicide in Belgium (1900-1950)

Susanne Karstedt : Democratization and Violence : European and Internation al Perspectives

Eric Dunning : Violence and Violence-Control in Long-Term Perspective : "Testing" Elias in Relation to War, Genocide, Crime, Punishment and Sport


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