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The Violent Social World of Black Men Paperback – September 18, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0787943059 ISBN-10: 0787943053 Edition: 1st
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"Illuminating one of the central problems of our time, Oliver lets us listen to violence; perpetrators describe their violent involvement and discuss their disclosures. No one has come closer to providing an insider's view of violent encounters in the inner city." --Hans Toch, distinguished professor, State University of New York at Albany

"This book gives us greater insight into the problems that face young black men in America. Since violence is epidemic among young black males, this book is ?must reading' for anyone seeking solutions to this crisis." --Alvin F. Poussaint, clinical professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

"Riveting and compelling. I highly recommAnd this book. It should be required reading for those who truly want to understand and solve one of society's most complex problems?violence in America." --Richard Majors, past chairman and cofounder, National Council of African American Men and coauthor of Cool Pose: The Dilemmas of Black Manhood in America

"This book provides insights that authentically depict the experiences of many black men. This book helps to increase our understanding about those factors that shape black men's attitudes and behaviors associated with violence." --Oliver J. Williams, associate professor of social work, University of Minnesota

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Understanding the Brutal World of African American MenThe Violent Social World of Black Men offers penetrating new insights into one of our society's greatest problems? the high incidence of violence between African American men. In this book, criminologist William Oliver discusses the causes and effects of black-on-black violence and provides an insider's perspective behind the myriad of circumstances that lead to violent confrontations.Praise for The Violent Social World of Black Men"Illuminating one of the central problems of our time, Oliver lets us listen to violence; perpetrators describe their violent involvement and discuss their disclosures. No one has come closer to providing an insider's view of violent encounters in the inner city."?Hans Toch, distinguished professor, State University of New York at Albany"This book gives us greater insight into the problems that face young black men in America. Since violence is epidemic among young black males, this book is ?must reading' for anyone seeking solutions to this crisis."--Alvin F. Poussaint, clinical professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School"Riveting and compelling. I highly recommAnd this book. It should be required reading for those who truly want to understand and solve one of society's most complex problems?violence in America.--Richard Majors, past chairman and cofounder, National Council of African American Men and coauthor of Cool Pose: The Dilemmas of Black Manhood in America"This book provides insights that authentically depict the experiences of many black men. This book helps to increase our understanding about those factors that shape black men's attitudes and behaviors associated with violence."--Oliver J. Williams, associate professor of social work, University of Minnesota
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (September 18, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787943053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787943059
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,899,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on January 22, 2013
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The author has taken on a very difficult task at the most distant of the four corners of the American race-sex social matrix. He has analyzed the black male corner of America's race-sex quadrangle, and has done so with great facility, theoretical adeptness, confidence, and honesty -- if not always with the greatest faith or ambition in his own analysis.

I say this only because his goals were a very narrow set indeed: to examine and then to understand from the perspective of those involved, how black men interpreted and justified violence against each other. For a study with the most robust theoretical framework one is likely to find even among the best PhD theses, this study in my view surprisingly had the most limited set of goals possible? Why not go big? And consistent with them, the author then concentrated only on two aspects of the process of interpersonal violence: the behavioral sequencing of violent confrontations between black men in bars, and their own intrapersonal definition of situations that led his subjects to violence. I hope that it is only because this book smells like a PhD thesis that accounts for the extremely limited focus of the study. And although I was hoping for a lot more (for instance at the very least that the results of his analysis could then somehow be used to better explain the more general mechanism of how black-on-black violence actually works), the author seems to have left this much more general concern as an exercise for the reader to work out among his many theoretical perspectives.

But I am delighted to report that much to the reader's surprise, and primarily because of the magnificent theoretical literature review, the exercise the author left for his readers was an easy task indeed.
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